Stateline (Dan Reno, #1) by Dave Stanton

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Rating: 2/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Crime; Thriller

“When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the enraged and grief- stricken father offers investigator Dan Reno (that’s Reno, as in no problemo), a life-changing bounty to find the killer. Reno, nearly broke, figures he’s finally landed in the right place at the right time. It’s a nice thought, but when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself not only earning every penny of his paycheck, but also fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any? Haunted by his murdered father and a violent, hard drinking past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA. Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the fat bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead…”

This looked promising but every time I came back to it, I dreaded reading, which has never happened to me before. It occurred to me to just put it down and classify it as my first ever DNF. This experience was a first for me, and I have to say: not fun at all.

At first, it felt like a 4-stars because the plot was appealing. The groom murdered just before his wedding?! YES. However, the more I read, the more stars I had to take out as too many aspects didn’t agree with me. Our lead character, Dan Reno, is violent and oftentimes irresponsible, which is exemplified by his drink-driving. He is the ‘leap before you think’ kind of person. In fact, most characters in this book are testosterone driven. As a result, significant events and developments are punctuated by violence, as in the fist-fighting and brawling type. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at these, it got tiresome but by then I was too far into the book not to finish it. I get that the action can be exciting for some readers but it’s just not my cup of tea.

I considered giving Stateline a 3-star but had to make do with a 2-star because at one point I was groaning and sighing so much that my lovely husband commented, “That bad, huh?”. Before you wave this book away, consider hopping onto Goodreads and read what others who loved it had to say.

Trigger warning: Rape; Sexually explicit references

Pages: 313

Published: January 4th 2014 by LaSelle Davis Books

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About Dave Stanton:

“Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of five novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.”

Source: Author’s website