I promise that this isn't really a spoiler, and I've just got to say it: The best moment in this book was Vergil Flowers arresting a couple of arrogant Homeland Security dudes for murder!
Like any good crime story that aspires to entertain us, this one has a measure of wry humor to take the edge off the nasty stuff; and Sandford doesn't let his great detective take himself too seriously. A well written tale of this kind is like a well planned meal, incorporating a variety of flavors and spices: a dose of contemporary political chicanery, bit of international intrigue, a shade of noir, a sexual dalliance or two for dessert. Without all of that, a trail of dead bodies and car chases would not have been the least bit palatable.
And a sense of place helps too. All in all, good fun.

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