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This book was abysmal. I had previously read the author's first mystery (Diamond Head) on a vacation and it was a quick read with an over-the-top hero. Just right for a beach read. This time I was vacationing in Hawaii and the main character is based in Hawaii, so I thought why not? For one thing, detective John Caine is investigating the disappearance of a software inventor/CEO and the author obviously doesn't know anything about computers. He's also hired to find the missing husband and never
Ugh. I read this book because it is set in San Diego and Tijuana, and I will be traveling to that area next month. I'd hoped to get a feel for the area, in a light entertaining easy read. Well, there is nothing descriptive about either place in this novel. It could have taken place anywhere- Texas, Southern California, Mexico, Arizona. Anywhere. That was disappointing for me, since I was reading to learn about local scenery and SD neighborhoods.I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the target audie...
I always enjoy meeting a new hero and when an author creates an interesting private eye character I try to sit up and take notice. John Caine is a Hawaii based private eye. He is a one of those tough guys with a soft heart. He used to live on a boat, but apparently in the previous book, it was destroyed. The author describes an interesting underwater scuba-diving incident to open the story, but other than that, Caine turns out to be the same old hard-boiled guy who stumbles into a clever mystery...
A fortuitous re-read that I picked from the shelf at the Rush cabin. (First read in 1999)Knief’s protagonist,John Caine, is Hawaiian based; however, Sand Dollars takes place in SDiego: the only one of his 4 novels set outside the islands.(important as ‘place’ is, in many ways, as enjoyable as the plot itself).I intend to re-read his other 3 titles.
I got this book from the library today and read it in one sitting. It was a fabulous read and reminded me of a great Tom Clancy novel. Considering this is only his second novel, I see great potential for this writer. Characters were tough but likeable and generally very moral (shocker!!). Just a great fast-paced piece of intrigue.
John Caine finds out if a husband is dead and who is behind the crime -- predictable, thus boring, at least to me.