Rock Island Lines

Rock Island Lines

by Dean Klinkenberg


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ISBN-13: 9780990851806
Publisher: Travel Passages
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Rock Island Lines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Although Frank Dodge is the protagonist and narrator of Rock Island Lines, The Quad Cities (Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa), play such a major role in the story that they’re almost characters, too, with the history of these towns playing as much of a role as Dodge in the story. If the author’s goal was for the reader to view this area as more than just a pit stop on Interstate 80 (my previous opinion), it worked for me. This is both the strength and the weakness of this book, depending on the taste of the reader. If the reader is fan of mysteries and also has an interest in history, this is an excellent choice. The historical aspects are integrated well with the overall story and don’t feel forced, but if your taste for history is limited, that aspect may be too much. Not knowing a lot about the Quad Cities when I began, I suspect those who are familiar might find even more to like than I did. I did appreciate the shout out to Greg Brown and William Elliott Whitmore, a couple of Iowa musicians who would be obscure to many, which led me to believe there could be other subtle touches that those more in the know would pick up that I missed. Although this is Klinkenberg’s first novel, he did a credible job. The only nit I have to pick is a minor tendency towards repetitiveness, but not so much as to be an irritant. I enjoy the character of Frank Dodge and since Rock Island Lines is billed as the first of a series I’m guessing we’ll see more of him in the future. Based on the author’s biography, I’m guessing we’ll see Dodge solving mysteries and introducing the reader to the history of other towns along the Mississippi. I’m eager to see what Dodge finds in places like Red Wing, Hannibal, and Helena in the future. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
From therapist to travel writer to murder suspect. How the heck did that happen? "I’ve never been one who believed that the sins of the ancestors had to defile the whole family." (202) For Frank Dodge, it was just supposed to be an evening of sipping beer, but somehow it turned into one hell of a night. What started off as simple research on an infamous gangster and his descendants turns into murder. But who would want to kill Miguel Ramirez? Curiosity beckons the reader to find out. Author mixed a frothy brew of mystery and satire interlaced with the murky swirl of a dark biography. The story crosses between the history of crime boss John Looney, a synopsis of Dodge's last night with Miguel Ramirez, and an extensive murder investigation with the FBI. What's the connection and what is it that Dodge isn't sharing? Overall, the story is a compelling ride with occasional intervals of tedium, complexity, and general lag. There was a lot of history, and what was with Dodge's obsession with the river? I guess even in the face of a life in prison, a person could still find solace in flowing water. But, nonetheless, the reader has to find out what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago