The Great Leader

The Great Leader

A Faux Mystery

Book - 2011
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Even with retirement in view, Detective Sunderson decides to investigate a cult that has settled near his home nonetheless. Although their so-called 'Great Leader' initially appears to be harmless, Sunderson and his teenage sidekick unearth some startling information. As he digs deeper, Sunderson's search for the Great Leader's true intentions takes him from Michigan to Arizona to Nebraska.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802119704
Branch Call Number: FICTION Harrison Jim 09/2011
Characteristics: 329 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 02, 2016

Although the main character in this book is a retired detective, this book is only a mystery in passing. It really is a look into the mind of the detective, Sunderson, and his thoughts on many topics - a rumination. He is chasing a cult leader from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Southwest AZ, but the book is more about his relationships with his family and friends, including his ex-wife, and his delight in nature. I liked the book and enjoyed his thoughts, but the extreme male point of view became difficult for me to empathize with. Also there were places in the novel where a comma would have helped the understanding of the sentence. I do recommend this book, but am not sure I would read the recently published second novel in the series. However, I will probably read one of his earlier books.


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