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Why I don't care . . .

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Author: Christine Barber

In historic Sante Fe, New Mexico, a house fire leads to the discovery of two dead men ~ not killed by the fire.  Then a third man is found.  Detective Gil Montoya tries to piece the puzzle together, and what, if any, does it have to do with the mysterious nuclear testing facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The place is a locked down fortress, and secrets are rampant.

I gave this book 1 star.

I just didn't think this book was very good. The plot was ok, but at times just seemed to drag. The author included a lot of information about the culture of New Mexico and the beliefs of the Pueblos. At times it was interesting, but the segue into the culture was not pertinent to the story and I thought at times the author was trying to impress the readers with her knowledge (of that culture).

There were only two characters in the book that were even mildly developed. The rest of the characters were just thrown in. Just when you thought you might actually learn something about them, off we go in another direction. Instead of going off on a tangent explaining about the how and why of body language, how to conduct an interrogation, how to get a witness to say something, JUST DO IT. Sometimes explaining every little nuance is insignificant and detracts from the main storyline.

Not that life is all neat and tidy, but an epilogue would have been nice. Whatever happened to the characters in the book? NOTHING. ZIP. NADA. I certainly don't need everything spelled out for me, but there was no closure on anything. If the ending of the book was meant to be a cliff hanger, it sorely lacked. A sequel? I will not bother to read it, because frankly, I just don't care!