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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books Inc (15 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345533925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533920
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lake Country by Sean Doolittle is not a police procedural and it's not really a thriller. It's a story about some people and their haunted past, about the ghosts that no matter how hard they try, they cannot escape.

What I mostly liked about this book I must admit is its size. What do I mean by that? I mean that the author did a great job working on the economy of the novel. There's not a single word out of place here, there are not too many subplots to make it a doorstopper, and thus less enjoyable, and there are no wild stretches of the imagination in order to surprise the reader. All Doolittle seems to want to do is tell a story, and that he does well.

Two of the main characters in this novel are ex-soldiers, survivors of the war in Iraq, and each one of them carries their own psychological baggage.

Darryl Potter is a troubled young man who's seen his fair share of war and bloodshed and who always manages, in one way or another, to get into trouble. He hates the way his life turned out, he hates that the justice system doesn't really care about imposing the law when it comes to the rich and powerful and he hates the fact that he wasn't able to save the life of one of his army comrades, and feels guilty about what happened afterwards to that man's family. He almost hates everything and everyone. His day to day life bathes in misery and now, more than ever, he's determined to do something to change it, even if that means taking the law into his own hands.

Mike Barlowe though, his brother in arms, doesn't seem to hate anyone. He just feels kind of sad about his life and he tries to relieve his psychological, but also bodily pain, since he carries a serious wound on the knee, by drinking alcohol and taking scores of pain killers. What a life, one would say.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f4f2018) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f4f5ac) out of 5 stars Powerful Mystery in Minnesota 31 Aug. 2012
By Barbara J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a story for anyone who has ever railed against the sentences pronounced on people convicted of a crime. It begins as a successful architect with a lovely daughter, wife, and a beautiful home goes to prison for a weekend. He had been sentenced to two days in jail for every year of his five-year probation. This is his last weekend in jail for falling asleep at the wheel and killing a young woman driving the car he hit head on. No alcohol, no drugs, just fell asleep.

Now you can understand how many people, particularly friends of the young woman's family, would be very upset at such a light sentence. Considering the victim's older brother was killed in action in Iraq as well, it would make some people furious. How could this injustice happen to such a nice woman as their mother?

The story is set in Minnesota (and I know a blogger there who would love this) with all the beautiful lakes and the good, down-to-earth residents of that state. Two ex-Marines who knew the other brother are home and dealing unsuccessfully with PTSD and a battle against the bottle. This is a set-up for yet another tragedy.

I greatly enjoyed the characters in this book. They all seemed quite real to me, especially the ex-Marines (I know, I know. Once a Marine always a Marine) but also TV reporters, a barkeep, the family of the man who killed the girl, and the mother of the victim. As one of the Marines tries to save his friend from committing a grave injustice, many of these characters are heading to the denouement among the lakes. There's also a side story in which numbers-running loot is missing and the only character who seemed overdrawn in the meanness department is an enforcer looking to get the money back.

We know whodunit all the time, but how the situation will resolve becomes clear only as the story ends. Very clever mystery with plenty of nail-biting tension.

Source: Won from LibraryThing.
Recommended reading for mystery lovers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f76224c) out of 5 stars Terrific read! 2 Sept. 2012
By H. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sean Doolittle did not disappoint me with his latest book, Lake Country. Sean keeps the story moving with a healthy dose of tension and subtle surprises along the way. A master wordsmith, Sean uses brevity and character to keep the reader engaged. If you've read his other novels, you'll enjoy this one. If this is your first Doolittle read, it won't be your last.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0028624) out of 5 stars Doolittle is getting better and better at this stuff 26 Nov. 2013
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Doolittle has published half a dozen novels now and has made a name for himself as a writer of wry noir crime stories leavened with humor. This one begins after Wade Benson, a successful Minneapolis architect who works too hard, makes a terrible mistake. One night, he drowses off while driving home late and his SUV destroys the compact car of college student Becky Morse, who is killed. Benson gets five years' probation (with an interesting twist) but the incident leaves him with a heavy psychological burden -- especially since Becky's brother was killed in Iraq a couple days later and their father committed suicide the day after that.

Then we have Darryl Potter and Mike Barlowe, both of whom had served in the Marines with young Pvt. Morse. Five years later, Barlowe has a plastic knee, a diagnosis of PTSD, and a deep revulsion against guns and violence. Darryl has a Bad Conduct Discharge, a drinking problem, and a job as a collector for a nerdish young bookie. Darryl also thinks Benson got off way too easy. Maybe he'll do something about that. Finally, there's Maya Lamb, reporter for News7, whose first big story on her arrival in the Twin Cities was the death of Becky Morse and who is now facing burnout.

Darryl's kidnapping of the architect's daughter, Juliet -- now the same age as Becky when she died -- starts events rolling that no one can control, with Mike determined to rescue his friend from his headlong self-destruction, and the Vietnam-era ex-Marine who runs the bar where Mike and Darryl hang out getting sucked in against his better judgment, and the young bookie's bail-bondsman uncle lending him a psychopathic bounty hunter who wants the posted reward, and Maya trying to decide whether she really cares enough anymore to cover this riff on her earlier story. Doolittle is very good at characters with problems and even better at crisp dialogue that brings the speakers even more sharply into focus. The action is nearly non-stop this time and it's clear this would make an excellent movie. Doolittle has earned a place on my "automatic" list.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4f2a08) out of 5 stars Doolittle's best to date 21 July 2013
By Reacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have just recently been reading Sean Doolittle's novels, based mainly on the exceptional critical reviews they had received. While I could see that he was a gifted writer who had the skills, I didn't see what all of the noise was about. His books were overly negative and depressing. Didn't much care for the characters in them, or the way the books unfolded and concluded. They all seemed to have the same cloud hanging over them.
Kept reading though, and. having just finished "Lake Country", I'm glad I did. Quite simply, he just nailed it on this one. Everything about it was enjoyable. The characters were all well drawn, complex and quite believable. The plot flowed. Readable, well paced and entertaining.
As opposed to some of his earlier work, it was a pleasure to read, start to finish. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f610f9c) out of 5 stars Lake Country 6 Dec. 2012
By Arlena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Author: Sean Doolittle
Published By: Batam
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


Sean Doolittle's novel "Lake Country" was quite a thriller read that would keep you turning the pages until the end. If you are a 'Doolittle' fan you will not be disappointed with this read. This story line will present a good dose of tension and many twist and turns along the way. The setting of this story takes place in Minnesota with beautiful lakes and down to earth good people representing the state. This novel deals with characters from "ex-Marines, a TV reporter, barkeeper, the family of the man who killed the girl... to the mother of the victim." "Lake Country" begins..."as a successful architect Wade Benson...with a lovely daughter, wife, and a beautiful home goes to prison for a weekend. Why? He had been sentenced to two days in jail for every year of his five-year probation. This is his last weekend in jail for falling asleep at the wheel and killing a young woman driving the car he hit head on. No alcohol, no drugs, just fell asleep." Now, who wouldn't be upset a such a light sentence that was handed down? Would someone be over the top upset with this verdict? Now what would these ex-Marines...dealing unsuccessful with PTST and drinking problems deal with this...especially Darryl Potter? This is where I will say you must pick up "Lake Country" to see just what tragedy would come of this situation.

The author Sean Doolittle has layed it all out for the reader because you already will know from the read who had done it but still how this will end will be a story within itself presenting only a good mystery with lots of tension with its fast-paced action.

If you are looking for a good well written thriller you have come to the right place for "Lake Country" would recommend this novel as a good read.
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