Date: March 2003
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Nose For Murder
By Lee Charles
Nose for Murder, Jack Field is an ex-cop from New York City,
living in a small Maine town and running a dog kennel. He's content
with his life until one of his clients is murdered and he realizes
the local police have set their sights on the wrong suspects. With
the encouragement of his current lover, Jamie Cutter, part time
medical examiner, he sets out to find the real killer.
becomes clear to Jack that several people in town have something
to hide, including the sheriff, one of his deputies, and Jack's
the mystery in A Nose For Murder was sufficiently engrossing
to keep me reading, I found the main character, Jack Field a little
hard to take. He had an air of knowing more about everything than
everyone he met, he frequently went out of his way to antagonize
everyone around him, and nearly everyone in the book commented on
the fact that he was annoying, even his adoring lover. Although
he apparently had a heart of gold (judging by the fact that he was
sheltering and trying to protect a teenage boy who had seen his
family murdered by drug dealers), it was buried under so many layers
of sarcasm that only a quarter of the way through the book I found
myself wishing that his would be the next body to turn up dead.
lead characters in series books I follow are generally a lot more
likeable than Jack Field. Nevertheless, I found the supporting characters,
including Jack's lover, Jamie, and the sheriff very interesting.
If I were to read another book staring Jack Field, it would be to
learn more about them. If you enjoy reading about smart aleck ex-cops
who like dogs more than most people they meet, you will love A
Nose For Murder.