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Posted January 14, 2004
Not exactly the vacation they had planned...
The Oxnards¿ vacation begins the investigation of a lifetime. When private investigator Phil Oxnard and his wife Paula arrive at Pole Pine Lodge for a brief stay, they find unanswered questions about the death of an acquaintance, as well as the disappearance of a family member of a new friend. As they search for answers, a woman is beaten and left for dead, another man is fatally wounded, and it¿s obvious someone is covering their tracks in a hurry. As Roy McCollum¿s death from a heart attack is investigated, learning the circumstances of his life brings to light a number of reasons he may be wanted dead. Are the other deaths related, or is it coincidence? Phil feels he cannot leave the lodge or rest easily until he answers the questions that plague the case even though the police are treating each as a separate case. Patrick O¿Donnell¿s McCollum's Run takes place at a mountain resort in the Sierra¿s and it serves as a wonderful background to a captivating mystery. The background knowledge of the area as well as knowledge of lodging and hospitality gives the book a feeling of reality that will draw the reader in and keep the plot moving at a quick pace. Mr. O¿Donnell manages to make the reader feel right at home among the staff at Pole Pine lodge. This well written novel leads off at a fast pace and keeps flowing throughout the story. Great secondary characters, as well as main characters give the book a superb cast in which to hide the perpetrator. A complete surprise on who commits the crimes gives this novel a plot and climax to make every reader stop and reflect on their own feelings and actions in the circumstances. I would recommend this story to any mystery reader!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.