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Dakota (Andi Oliver Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Inspiring heroine!

Thank you Martha Grimes for writing an honest, thoughtful story about a character that has the guts to go where most do not want to know or think about. A very inspiring story. There are many of us that care like Andi. Bravo!

posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

diatribe not novel

There really is no plot other than horrible mistreatment of pigs. While Andi is obviously intended to be heroic (and I even agree with the animal rights issue),I started to dislike the character. I usually love Martha Grimes, but I found this book a complete waste of ti...
There really is no plot other than horrible mistreatment of pigs. While Andi is obviously intended to be heroic (and I even agree with the animal rights issue),I started to dislike the character. I usually love Martha Grimes, but I found this book a complete waste of time.

posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    diatribe not novel

    There really is no plot other than horrible mistreatment of pigs. While Andi is obviously intended to be heroic (and I even agree with the animal rights issue),I started to dislike the character. I usually love Martha Grimes, but I found this book a complete waste of time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    An expose of commercial livestock raising and slaughter masquerading as a suspense story.

    I am a devotee of Martha Grimes--and not just her Richard Jury novels. This novel bears the imprint of her usual stylish writing and gift for dialogue, but it is annoyingly driven by the cause it is espousing. Andi Oliver, a 20-year-old amnesiac wandering the northern plains in search of her past, is driven to help and protect injured and abused animals. Fetching up in a small town whose main business is a company raising pigs for the meat market, she is horrified--as are we--by the inhumane treatment to which they are subjected. Andi is an interestingly drawn character, brave, determined and funny, but those who befriend her are unconvincingly motivated and those who oppose her are stock villains. The scenes depicting the awful treatment of the hogs are so frequent and extensive that they overwhelm the story and make the novel seem simply preachy and didactic. It reads more like Sinclair Lewis' "The Jungle" than one of Ms. Grimes' usually humanly complex and subtle works.

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