Dakota (Andi Oliver Series #2)

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There is ?suspense on every page?(Cleveland Plain Dealer) in this follow-up to Biting the Moon? now available in paperback.

In Martha Grimes?s acclaimed novel Biting the Moon, amnesiac drifter Andi Oliver sought the one man who held the key to her past. Now, Andi continues from one small town to the next, surviving the dangerous expanse of the Western plains, until she finds her mission?and menace?in Dakota. Taking a job at Klavan?s pig farming facility, Andi learns the ...

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Overview


There is ?suspense on every page?(Cleveland Plain Dealer) in this follow-up to Biting the Moon? now available in paperback.

In Martha Grimes?s acclaimed novel Biting the Moon, amnesiac drifter Andi Oliver sought the one man who held the key to her past. Now, Andi continues from one small town to the next, surviving the dangerous expanse of the Western plains, until she finds her mission?and menace?in Dakota. Taking a job at Klavan?s pig farming facility, Andi learns the gruesome truth of modern livestock management. As she begins to uncover the even darker secrets about Klavan?s sister facility, Big Sun, a stranger from her past comes to the surface? demanding information of which Andi has no memory.

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Editorial Reviews

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Andi Oliver is back! Martha Grimes fans have waited nearly nine years for the return of the amnesiac heroine of Biting Moon, and this bristling stand-alone sequel won't disappoint them. In the interim, Andi's continued to drift, moving through the West, from one waitress job to the next. When she finally reached North Dakota, she signs up at Klavan's, a pig-farming factory that seems to specialize in skirting the law. While Andi is attempting to cope with dastardly livestock practices, her past is catching up with her. Two people are on her trail: One is a homicidal psychopath; the other, a person demanding secrets that Andi no longer has.
Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Grimes's compelling second novel to feature the enigmatic young woman who calls herself Andi Oliver (after 1999's Biting the Moon) begins with Andi, who's still unaware of her real name or her past, adrift in the Dakota badlands. After rescuing an abandoned donkey, Andi makes a temporary home for herself in the small town of Kingdom, where she soon creates a stir by standing up to some local bullies. She really begins to shake things up in the placid community, however, when she takes a job at a pig farm to try to save the cruelly treated animals bred there. After sneaking into the farm's affiliated assembly-line slaughterhouse, Andi resolves to find a way, within the bounds of the law or not, to call to account the management of both places for violating humane animal treatment laws. While one late plot development stretches credibility, Grimes succeeds in sustaining suspense while graphically portraying the ugliness of animal abuse. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

In this sequel to Biting the Moon, Renée Raudman (Eat the Dark) voices Andi Oliver, still searching for her past, as both mature beyond her years and young enough to engage in the occasional huff. Raudman makes the mostly male characters convincingly masculine, differentiating them with subtle accents and inflections. Suitable for YAs as well as adults, assuming listeners can weather the repeated descriptions of animal abuse. [Also recorded by Books on Tape. 11 CDs. unabridged. 14 hrs. 2008. ISBN 9781415926147
—Barbara Rhodes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641912290
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Series: Andi Oliver Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha  Grimes

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

Biography

"No, I'm not English, but nothing quickens my imagination more than a fog-bound moor, windy heath, river mist in an old fishing village, and the names of British pubs like The Stargazey," Martha Grimes has written, and it's this quirk of hers that has made her one of the best loved modern practitioners of the venerable whodunit.

All of the titles in Grimes's bestselling Richard Jury series are taken from actual pubs, and all of them feature said pub in some fashion. "I can imagine the end of British hope and glory, but not the end of the British pub," she explains. So, too, it is hard to imagine the end of these deft, witty mysteries, begun in 1981 with The Man with a Load of Mischief, featuring a lugubrious Scotland Yard superintendent (Jury) and his art-collecting sidekick (Melrose Plant).

Grimes has a particular talent for combining heavy gloom with an unmistakable humor that's as subtle and dry as a soda cracker – a good thing, since the Jury casebook tends to be dark, twisted, and rather gruesome. But she always infuses her characters with human motivations and is careful to set up a chain of clues that ultimately discloses them. In addition, she's been known to thread in an unlikely theme here and there – NFL football, poetry references, animal rights, even hormone replacement therapy.

It's clear that Grimes likes to stretch her legs a bit, bringing Jury and his eccentric friends Stateside for a few cases and occasionally foraying beyond the series with novellas, standalones, and some interconnected literary fiction featuring teenage heroines. No doubt these changes of pace help keep the author's skills sharp and honed and ensure for her a wider and more growing readership.

Good To Know

Unlike many mystery writers, Grimes does not outline her plots ahead of time or even profess to know where they are headed when she begins writing. "I am not overly concerned with plot as such," she explains on her web site. "Obviously, if you start with a chapter such as the one above and intend the story to proceed from it, you could write yourself into a corner. I always do. In The Case Has Altered, I didn't know until I was nearly finished with it who had killed these women or why."

Grimes's father was city solicitor of Pittsburgh, and her mother owned a hotel in western Maryland. As a girl, she spent half her time in Pittsburgh and the other half at her mother's hotel in a little town called Mountain Lake Park.

Although her western Maryland-set series that began with The End of the Pier has earned its own fans, there's no denying that for most Grimes readers, it's all about Jury. If she needed a reminder of this, she got one in the loads of hate mail she received for abandoning Richard Jury to write Pier.

Grimes has taught creative writing at various colleges, including the small Maryland community school Montgomery College and the more prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Comparing the two in a Washington Post interview, the mordant Grimes noted of JHU, "Not one pompous ass in the whole program ... The pompous asses are at Montgomery College."

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    1. Hometown:
      Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 2, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Fantastic

    Now I will have to go out and get Biting The Moon. This was a very well written book. I really enjoyed it. Graphic animal cruelty warning, but the point gets made with the guts of Andi and this suspenseful story. Good Job Martha Grimes

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    animal lover

    Very graphic and way too much describing the killing of pigs. Story hard to follow if you start with this book. This was an animal activist book more than a novel.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    Who Does Martha Grimes Think She Is?

    How dare she compare the killing of 6 million Jews during the holocaust to the killing of pigs? An anti-Semite in the guise of her character, Andi. I unfortunately had to give the book one star in order to get this posted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Okay read but...

    The first book had intrigue, had me wanting more, it was better story than this one. This is less plausible but okay for the bus ride to and from work or quick read for a rainy day.

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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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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Andi Oliver Series

    I would not read another book about Andi. She is too militant for me. She thinks nothing of taking the law into her own hands. I love animals and believe we have a responsibility to care for them but Andi is too much

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    an exciting suspense thriller

    Andi Oliver still suffers from amnesia (see BITING THE MOON) as she aimlessly wanders North Dakota. Following her rescuing of a donkey, Andi decides she needs a respite from her quest to find out her real name. So she settles in Kingdom.<BR/><BR/>However, she is hardly in her temporary digs when she runs into a dispute with local bullies. She obtains a job at Klavan¿s pig farm where the owner and workers mistreat the animals; Andi plans to change that practice starting with the nearby slaughterhouse for the inhumane cruel treatment of animals. However, as she stirs up the townsfolk dividing them between for or against her, a psychopath wants to kill her and someone else plans to torture her into revealing secrets she no longer knows.<BR/><BR/>Although the amnesia theme does not move at all and a late spin seems implausible, DAKOTA is an exciting suspense thriller especially when the focus is on the mistreatment of animals under the guise of feeding humans. The story line is fast-paced as Andi takes a respite from her quest only to find a social issue of cruelty that drives her to take action. Fans will enjoy her DAKOTA caper.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Not worth reading

    I had to give it up halfway through. This is nothing like the first one, everything here seems unbelievable, and the characters feel flat, even Andi. There is so much Grimes could have done with this character, especially have her resolve the amnesia, but as far as I can tell from skipping to the end, no such luck. Too bad becasue I loved Biting the Moon.

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    Posted August 18, 2010

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