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Posted April 4, 2009
Standard Detective Fare
The Rivers Run Dry, by Sibella Giorello is a FBI crime novel. Special Agent Raleigh Harmon, a forensic geologist, is assisting local police on the disappearance of the daughter of rich parents. When they receive a ransom note with a finger, Raleigh doesn't have much time to find the missing girl.
The story is pretty standard detective fare. There's the agent who doesn't do well with bureacracy, the wealthy parents who call in the politicians, and the kidnapper who cuts off fingers. I've seen it done before, and this just feels like same old-same old.
Kidnapping is a natural suspense area, but here, it's robbed by the lack of a ticking time bomb. For most of the book, we're told that the victim, Courtney, might just be missing, and that the only reason the FBI is investigating is because the parents complained higher up. The middle sags because it feels like nobody's trying particularly hard to find the girl until they get the ransom note. Once that happens, the story picks up, but it's pretty late into the book.
I'm afraid there just wasn't much in this book that made me want to find out what happened next.
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Posted May 10, 2014