Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not intellectual fare, but wonderful fun and distraction and a great way to recontextualize whatever you're dealing with lately. "You think you have problems?" Cannell's recurring hero Shane Scully is up against an evildoer you can picture easily enough in your mind, a lurid "Reality TV star" whose mission in life seems to make life miserable for police. One measure of a well written story is the solutions you think you have drawn as you move toward the conclusion, telling yourself how good it will feel, and how vindicated you as reader will be, when it turns out you had already solved the mystery. Then you find out... well, no spoilers here, just a suggestion that if you like a really fast and fast-moving read, this is a good one.
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