Dakota (Andi Oliver Series #2)

Dakota (Andi Oliver Series #2)

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by Martha Grimes

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Andi Oliver Series, #2
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Dakota (Andi Oliver Series #2) 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
avidreaderLA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
omnivoreRS More than 1 year ago
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.
BookmarkCP More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner