4 out of 4 stars
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A Climate for Death by R.T. Lund is a fictional story of murder, mystery and betrayal. It is a fascinating novel that will keep you riveted until the end. The story begins with a mysterious plane crash into a remote lighthouse. Upon investigation, the pilot is dead, and the passengers are missing. That is the beginning of a captivating story about who the passengers were and what happened to them. The setting of the story is a crucial element. It is set in Lake County, Minnesota during the dead of winter when the temperatures regularly dip below freezing. The weather and the remote area of the crash make investigation difficult.
The extensive cast of characters add to the story. The local sheriff, Sam MacDonald, works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to unravel the mystery. The FBI agents are realistic and take over aspects of the investigation. There is also a private investigator, George Redman, who was hired to investigate the incident. He was previously a police officer and has a history with Sheriff MacDonald. Each character works independently using the sources available to them. However, they consult with one another to exchange ideas and evidence. The victims and suspects are also colorful characters that are complex and intriguing. These exchanges between the characters add to the story and highlight the personality differences among the characters.
I enjoyed reading this story immensely. R.T. Lund is a lawyer and a gifted writer. He spins a complex tale with numerous characters expertly. What I enjoyed most about this book is the characters. There is depth to each character including flaws and insecurities that make them relatable to readers. The author explores the background of each character and includes their unique personalities and interests. There were relationships among characters that were explored by the author that included romantic history or desire that were subtle and seemed very realistic. The dialogue between the characters seemed natural and moved the story along. The techniques used by each investigator to gather information were fascinating to read. I believe the author must have researched law enforcement investigative techniques to convey such realistic approaches.
I have difficulty describing anything I disliked about the book because I found it so enjoyable. However, due to the large number of characters, I did have to go back to the beginning a few times to keep them straight. Once I got engrossed in the story, this was no longer necessary. It was just a matter of several different characters being introduced at once that required a little more attention in the beginning. After the first few chapters, this was not an issue and the story flowed very well.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It is deserving of nothing less than a perfect score because the story was intriguing from the beginning and the characters move the story along at a fast pace. There were only a few minor errors that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. Therefore, I believe the book was professionally edited. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery novels and character-driven stories.
A Climate for Death
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