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Stateline by Dave Stanton

By Pamelascott

Stateline by Dave StantonCancel the wedding-the groom is dead.

When a tycoon's son is murdered the night before his wedding, the enraged and grief- stricken father offers investigator Dan Reno (that's Reno, as in no problemo), a life-changing bounty to find the killer. Reno, nearly broke, figures he's finally landed in the right place at the right time. It's a nice thought, but when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself not only earning every penny of his paycheck, but also fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any? Haunted by his murdered father and a violent, hard drinking past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man's got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA. Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the fat bounty won't do him much good if he's dead...


[I knew Wenger would be pissed I was bailing early, but he would have to live with that]


(Bloodhound Books, 15 February 2018, 321 pages, ebook, ARC via the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)



This is my first time reading the author.

I thought Stateline was a fantastic read. I was hooked from start to finish.

The book ticks all the boxes for a great thriller:

  • Cracking plot
  • Murder
  • PI coming up against corrupt police
  • Action
  • Well-drawn characters
  • Intense, fast pace

I liked all of the characters. Dan Reno was my favourite.

I haven't read many thrillers about police corruption so I really liked the plot. It was a refreshing change from the thrillers I usually read. The book has a lot of twists and turns, plenty of action and drama.

Stateline by Dave Stanton

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