Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Dispatcher

Description: The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of No Country for Old Men and is shot through with moments of macabre violence that call to mind the novels of Thomas Harris.

My thoughts:  Sounds good, right?  The description is about the best part.  Excellent plot idea.  Horrible execution.  I guess I've just read so many books like this that if there isn't some believability in there I just can't relax.  Yes, I know books aren't real and they aren't supposed to be but still.  You can't tell me that NO ONE is going to question Ian Hunt when he says his DEAD DAUGHTER CALLS HIM WHILE HE IS WORKING DISPATCH??? Really??

I also get that it is supposed to be a small town/ small county.  That's great, but they have to have at least ONE GOOD police officer right? Or the FBI they keep mentioning might make an appearance and put some good policing into the story.

And the final scenes were just as unbelievable.  Okay, sure it is an abandoned town.  But NO ONE but this guy is around? Oh good lord.  I just couldn't.

What was the last book where you kept thinking SERIOUSLY???

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