After reading Stateline, I was excited to get my hands on another Dan Reno (that’s pronounced no problem-o) novel, and Dave Stanton doesn’t disappoint.
Hired on by the sexy step-mother of a slimy lottery winner, Dan knows that something’s not right about this case from the get-go. However, he’s on the edge of losing his house, and he doesn’t have the luxury of turning down a job. Bring his friend, ex-cop Cody, into the mix, and you have an adventure that will make you reconsider winning the lottery. Mostly because Dan Reno isn’t the only one looking for Jimmy Homestead, and it’s about to make his life all that more complicated.
One of my favorite things about this novel was how the chapters changed perspective. Told from first person with Dan, but third person with the rest, it was a unique story telling device that never jarred me from the story. It allowed for wide and differing perspectives, like a net slowly being close around its prey. There are many characters to keep track of, but Stanton does a great job differentiating between them. Many of the secondary characters have a depth that makes then ridiculously sympathetic and then you’re wondering why you’re rooting for them to come out on top.
If you’re looking for non-stop, constant action, Dying for the Highlife isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for an intricate detective story that will keep you guessing and invested in the characters, then this is all you need.
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