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Don't Look Twice by Andrew Gross
Review by Steve Sawicki
William Morrow Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061143441
Date: 01 March 2009 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Don't Look Twice is the follow-up novel to The Dark Tide, highlighting Detective Ty Hauck and the small town of Greenwich, CT once again. This time Hauck is present at a drive-by shooting which kills a United States Attorney. Hauck is there with his daughter getting ready to take their boat out one final time before cold weather sets in. It all seems to be a wrong place/wrong time kind of event for all involved. As Hauck begins to investigate it all seems to end at a casino in a gambling scheme gone bad. But then Hauck gets visited by a woman who runs a restaurant on the other side of town. She's seen something unusual and this leads Hauck in an entirely different direction. A direction that makes the case even more personal than before and which may end at his brother's doorstep. As the facts start to come in Hauck finds his life shaken in a number of different ways. His push to resolution may cause him to lose more than he's willing.

Andrew Gross knows how to establish character and then surround that character with setting and situation that creates conflict and decision. This is what drives this novel from the opening action sequence to the final page. Hauck is a fun character, conflicted, confused at times, but never unsure about what his job entails. He's smart, a bit battered, and could definitely use a break. As he moves through the plot, working clues, establishing facts, and pushing ever forward, the story unfolds around us, drawing us in. Gross has found a character worth following here.

I liked this book. I found Hauck an enjoyable character to read about and Gross is very good at setting, pacing and letting the reader discover,along with Hauck, just what is going on. There is nothing worse in detective fiction than the reader being smarter than the detective and figuring things out long before hand. I enjoyed the first book and I thought this book was actually a bit better. This is a trend that I hope Gross maintains as I am definitely looking forward to further offerings in this series. Recommended.

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