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5.0 out of 5 stars Five star read! Welcome a new hero you'll want to see a lot more of., August 27, 2014

This review is from: The Dancing Boy (Paperback)
"The Dancing Boy" introduces a new protagonist I want to see a lot more of. Like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch,Treat Mikkelson is a Viet Nam vet with a lot of scars that never seem to heal. After a career as a criminologist Treat retreats to a Pacific Northwest island to fish, dig clams and forget as much about the horrors of his past as he can with a little help from Irish whiskey. But trouble seems to find Treat and he just can't say no when asked to help out. Matson's descriptions of the Skagit County people and places bring back a lot of memories to me,back when I was a young reporter on the Bellingham Herald, fresh out of the U.W. Mike was Army. I was a Marine. I'm not ready to forgive him for making a jarhead a heavy but otherwise I rate his first book a five star read.

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Haunted by the loss of his children, his work in law enforcement and memories of Vietnam, all Treat Mikkelson wants is to lead an undisturbed life on his small Puget Sound island but the death of an elderly woman he’s never met draws him into a situation that exposes the raw underbelly of child exploitation.

Margaret Neilssen’s death appears accidental, a broken neck resulting from a late-night fall.  Her friend, Cassie McLaren, however suspects it’s murder and beguiles Mikkelson into investigating. Reluctant to give up his isolation but attracted to Cassie, he agrees to talk to the local police and medical examiner and discovers Cassie is right.

But why was Margaret murdered? The answer leads Mikkelson to the discovery of a smuggling operation involving drugs, weapons and children, and especially to the latest victim of that smuggling--a missing, frightened, eleven-year-old boy.

Drawn deeper and deeper into the search for the missing boy and efforts to identify the source of the smuggling, Mikkelson battles his own personal demons and his fear of commitment to develop a plan to trap the smuggler--a trap that, except for the smuggled boy himself, nearly fails.

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