Eyeshot (A Sonora Blair investigation) Paperback – 20 Feb 1997
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About the Author
Lynn Hightower was born in Tennessee and now lives in Kentucky. She works full time writing fiction, loves canoeing and horseback riding, and is witty after two glasses of wine.
Top Customer Reviews
Definately ideal for those who enjoy an enticing one sitting read book that makes you wait in anticipation for the sequal to come land on the door mat.
With the first book in the series having been written in 1995, Sonora Blair may have been a character before her time, as she must surely have been one of the earliest female detectives to hit the crime/thriller pages?
Sonora Blair, features in a series of just four books, but I am sure that long before then, her private life and career, will be in complete meltdown, if she carries on as she is now! Which, in reality, is probably a fairly accurate analogy of the disastrous work/life balance endured by many members of the force, the world over.
There seem to be the two stereotyped images of female detectives in fiction, either those who are trying desperately to juggle a work/home balance and failing miserably, or those who are determinedly single and married to their job, with Sonora falling into the first category.
She is the single mother of two children; a teenage son over whom she has little or no control; a younger daughter who spends much of this case being trailed around various locations by Sonora, who is unable to find care for her; and an ever increasingly complicated and uncontrollable love-life.
This is not a book for those of you who enjoy a fast moving plot, full of blood and guts, with multiple bodies thrown in for good measure.
For the first few chapters, there are a couple of suspects in the case, but as the story progressess and the plot thickens, it quickly becomes clear who the murderer is, the story then develops around the pursuit and capture of that person.Read more ›
Sonora struggles with kids and a lame dog amidst this criminal investigation and, in the process, she even finds the window of opportunity for some quick sex with a handsome state trooper. Otherwise, there's some plodding through the inevitable wet lands of the Deep South in search of body parts leading up to a catharsis that is all-round unremarkable. At least, the killer comes up against the death penalty in the closing pages of the book.
Lynn Hightower has used a familiar recipe -- the hard working mother-of-two Sonora doing a thankless, dangerous "man's job" in the increasingly convoluted "gender neutral" U.S. landscape. The result is a good companion for a long flight or the winter evening with nothing really interesting on television.
A footnote: I don't know where this "Sonora" name came from, but I felt it contributed little in making detective Blair a character that will stick in the readers' memory as a tough (although human) criminal investigator.