BOOK REVIEW: RAIN DOGS
Tom Coleman arrives at the offices of Tyler & Tyler, law offices, in the city of Valentine, Nebraska. His occupation is unemployed journalist. The purpose of his visit is to settle his grandfather's estate. His condition is half-drunk. That is the way Tom spends his days since the death of his daughter and his divorce. His grandfather has left him the land known as Coleman's Landing and his old truck.
Coleman's Landing is a campground on the river where you can rent canoes and kayaks. Tom has spent a little time there when he was very young but that was a long time ago. When he arrives he finds he already has an employee in residence. Duane Foster has worked for his grandfather and didn't know that he had died. Tom decides to keep Duane on as an employee.
Tom hasn't even gotten settled in at Coleman's Landing when his mom and dad arrive. Duane takes some customers to drop them off at another location and returns with a story of an explosion. Tom and his dad go to investigate and find that an old cabin has burned and that teen-agers are involved. Tom soon learns that one of the boys is the stepson of his old girl friend. Both Tom and his father are suspicious of the fire and think that perhaps the boys were trying to make drugs.
Before Tom knows it he is involved in a DEA investigation that he views through his alcoholic haze. But when his old girl friend's stepson Scott is in danger Tom comes through for Amy and Scott.
I highly recommend Rain Dogs and if you haven't read Burn and Dirt you've missed a couple of good books.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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