Title: Dog Island
Publisher: Putnam, 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine, Slight Spine Bump
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine in Plastic DJ Cover
Signed: Signed on Title Page
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover. Fine, Slight Spine Bump/Fine in Plastic DJ Cover. First Edition, First Printing. Signed on Title Page. Bookseller Inventory # 001796
Synopsis: Mike Stewart's debut mystery was published to rare praise. "An atmospheric setting, evocative family background, a Chinese box of a plot, and a hero tough and clever enough to surprise you as much as the bad guys .... The most accomplished debut of the season," hailed Kirkus Reviews. "Mike Stewart shows a talent for evoking atmosphere that has all but vanished from thriller novels," praised The Washington Post. "[He] finds heroism in ordinary men placed in extraordinary circumstances and evil in the seemingly banal." Now Stewart's attorney sleuth Tom McInnes pits wits against stone-cold killers who would rather commit murder than leave witnesses.
When a teenage runaway she has befriended witnesses a brutal murder, Susan Fitzsimmons puts in a call to her lawyer-friend, Tom McInnes. Tom makes a cursory inquiry through the local sheriff's office, only to trigger unexpectedly swift and forceful retaliation: His office is broken into and armed gunmen lay siege to Susan's house. The situation deteriorates as Tom and those close to him stir up several hornet's nests' worth of trouble across the Florida panhandle on their way to a deadly showdown.
With riveting action and perfect pacing, Mike Stewart follows through on the promise so evident in his mystery debut.
Review: In Dog Island, relative newcomer Mike Stewart sets the likable crew from his critically acclaimed first novel, Sins of the Brothers, on a deadly chase to discover the mastermind behind a brutal murder witnessed by a teenage runaway. As a favor to his friend Susan Fitzsimmons, Tom McInnes idly inquires into a murder that happened the night before at a beach house on the Florida Panhandle. The sheriff is in cahoots with the killers, we learn, because their payback for Tom's pointed questions involves breaking into his office 400 miles away in Mobile, and invading Susan's home, big guns a-blazing.
This gets McInnes ornery. By trade he's an attorney and isn't really built for the gritty life of your average killer or cop. But what he lacks in stamina he makes up for in brains. He foils shifty-eyed and lethal Sonny, for example, with cheese grit bombs folded in a paper napkin and dunked in ice water, startling the killer just long enough for Tom to make an unlikely escape. It's not every day that a hero volleys carbohydrates for justice. Accompanied primarily by the gigantic Joey (ex-cop, ex-FBI, ex-bodyguard), Tom pursues the killers to regional locations that turn deadly: swamps, rusty-roofed oyster shacks, white sand beaches. Tom's an ordinary guy who does extraordinary things, but doesn't have the sort of smug, god-like security that can dull the edge of other, lesser thrillers:
I lost balance and hit the ground chest first. Something dull and hard gouged the side of my neck. Wind rushed out on impact, and I made an involuntary "Oomph" sound. I grabbed for the stick that gouged my neck and pushed. It moved, but in a strange, organic, rolling motion. It was attached to something, and that something was a leg. My hand was wrapped around the dirt- caked toe of a cowboy boot. And I was lying full across someone's corpse.Mike Stewart's a writer worth watching. Dog Island delivers a fast-paced adventure that is genuinely suspenseful and cleverly enlivened with credible character development. In other words, it's a one-two punch that thriller fans must investigate. --Kathi Inman Berens
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