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Posted May 1, 2000
In this second Sam Casey thriller, the Chasen Heights detective sergeant finds herself stripped of her badge, suspected of shooting a fellow officer, and wondering whether she 'could actually end up having this baby in prison.' Sam uses her psychic powers (her Lakota genes at work) to prove her innocence and help her estranged husband, Detective Jake Mitchell, track down 'Sparrow,' a very twisted hit man. (In one particularly memorable scene the hit man uses a rat to kill his victim -- this is definitely not for the squeamish.) In the course of the story, the author takes us inside the riverboat casino scene and explores the difficulties of counterfeiting those new, 'counterfeit-proof' 50s and 100s. (Apparently the author was at one time a casino dealer, and her first-hand experiences come through in her storytelling.) As in the first Sam Casey novel, Tooley serves up a cast of believable, quirky characters; a compelling and seemingly doomed romance between cops; and a series of highly imaginative plot twists. If you are like me and enjoy a little speculation about native American spiritualism, a strong female protagonist, and a good yarn, you will enjoy NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Chasen Heights Detective Sergeant Samantha Casey has been suspended from the police force due to some of the activities on her last case. Although feeling major levels of stress especially since her car was bombed in the exact manner that killed her father years ago, the half Native-American blames her spouse, fellow officer Jake Mitchell, for her being placed on suspension. <P>Sparrow is the superstar of hired guns. He has been hired to assassinate Reverend Everett Smith on the River Queen Casino. However, before the deadly Sparrow completes his assignment, someone else kills Smith. Sparrow soon realizes that the fee he obtained form his client is counterfeit. No one lives if they screw Sparrow. He now has a new target. <P>The owners of the River Queen hire Sam to prove their innocence. As she engages in a game of wits with Sparrow, Jake investigates the riverboat murder while struggling to patch up his relationship with Sam. <P>NOTHING ELSE MATTERS is an exciting detective story filled with mysticism, twists, turns, and red herrings that show the talent of S.D. Tooley to provide an entertaining tale. The story line is fun due to the various charcaters. Sam is a wonderful heroine who grapples with her dichotomous feelings towards her husband. Sparrow is an intriguing killing machine who brings the danger to the plot. Mystical elements fit into the tale and add to the overall enjoyment. As with WHEN THE DEAD SPEAK, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS will provide enjoyment to readers who will want more special deliveries like these from a gifted author. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.