on 12 October 2005
When Officer Maria Sanchez is brutally attacked outside her home and left paralyzed Lieutenant Lou Bolt is assigned to investigate her case. Lieutenant Bolt, normally a homicide detective, is now put on this burglary case due to the "Blue Flu" an unofficial strike of the Seattle PD leaving all departments very short handed. Now Bolt must try to figure out if Sanchez's attack was the unfortunate result of one of a string of burglaries or if there is more to this "Blue Flu" than meets the eye.
As I said in my introduction this novel was just simply not for me. It's gotten great reviews, so for police drama lovers you may really enjoy this book. However, even though Pearson did try to explain all of the police terminology, I found it to be a little too technical for my taste. I also found `MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' to be a little slow at times and I found myself drifting off and missing entire scenes. So really it just comes down to `MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' is not my type of book.
on 8 October 2008
Detective Lou Boldt is hard at work, unfortunately the same cannot be said for a large proportion of the precinct as an unofficial sick out means that they are down to the bare bones. Usually a homicide detective Boldt finds himself on unusual ground as he has to investigate a potential burglary that has left an officer severely injured. Boldt must use all his skills to uncover the truth without the usual help of his colleagues. The police station is increasingly hostile and with fewer police around so are the streets. Is Boldt investigating a straight forward burglary, or does the truth start closer to home?
`Middle of Nowhere' starts incredibly promising with a great introductory chapter that gets the pace moving. For the first 100 pages it is an exciting look at police procedures and politics. Unfortunately, the book becomes increasingly bogged down in the little things and the case seems left behind. Boldt is a good character and as a reader I enjoyed his moral take on police work. Unfortunately, the book just takes too long to get anywhere. I felt that Boldt was always only pages from solving the crime, but Pearson decided to string it out instead. Overall, the good characters and exciting beginning make it worthwhile, it's a shame that it peters out.