Friday, July 29, 2011

COUNTY LINE by Bill Cameron

In Cameron's fourth novel, published June 21, Portland ex-cop Skin Kadash returns from a month's retreat, and Ruby Jane Whittaker is missing. The clues, most notably the dead drifter in RJ's bathtub, take Skin and RJ's ex, Peter McKrall, on a cross-country journey to find her.

County Line begins as a crime novel told with Skin's jaded black humor, but it unfolds into a rich exploration of RJ's guarded past. The novel's second part ambitiously jumps back and forth between key periods in RJ's life. This technique ultimately worked to keep me guessing just how large Ruby's secrets loomed.


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