Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay (#3 Zack Walker)

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf by Zack Walker

Published:  2006

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Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay is the 3rd in the Zack Walker comedy/mystery series.

First, I have been somewhat critical of the genre.  Not this one.  I really enjoyed this book.

Zack leaves his wife and kids behind, and heads north to his Dad’s fishing camp after hearing about the discovery of a mutilated corpse.  

Although his father (Arlen) wasn’t the victim, Zack decides to stay a few days when his dad twists his ankle.  He is sure to be of great assistance.  Besides, maybe that bear attack wasn’t actually a bear.  His dad is renting out some property to a family of rather strange people, who Zack thinks should be kicked out.  People who would have a picture of Timothy McVeigh on their mantle, framed, are not to be trusted.  The dogs guarding the property may be the least of Zack’s problems.  These people seem to have the whole town running scared.  The police are rather inept, and Zack is going to get right in the middle of things (as usual).  Then there is that little issue of the woman that Arlen seems to be dating.  When did that happen?

Now don’t get me wrong, Zack is still an idiot.  However, I don’t think he was as idiotic as usual in this one.  Either the humour was toned down, or I’m getting used to it.  I still think Barclay is a great writer.

 

Read: January 2015

 

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