Anyhow ... what ... a ... ride!!
The ending? Ya, it isn't clear whether Dave boards the boat or not ... Clete's injuries may not be fatal either ... and sirens are heard off in the distance, so help is on the way ... I'm choosing to be optimistic ... I doubt Dave would go back to policing and I doubt Clete would privately investigate ... I'm thinking, if there is another novel in the wind, the two buddies would be retired, yes, but folks would seek them out for advice and they'd get dragged into busting up nefarious schemers ... who knows but Alafair could get involved in law enforcement somehow as a lawyer, judge or legislator.
It's been a long time since I've had to "recover" from a novel LOL ... a copy of Michael Connelly's 9 Dragons
was donated to the library today, so I brought it home ... am finding it difficult to make the cultural shift from New Iberia to Los Angeles' Chinatown
Rose, I know exactly what you mean. I usually do an immediate re-read of all JLB books. Can't do so with this one. I will have to wait a spell, I think.
I also agree that the guys are just on the gangplank, not the boat, so perhaps there is hope.
It was a wonderful book, and I truly hope it isn't the end, but I understand that with Dave at age 73, a continuation of "active" law enforcement activity just might not be believable.
If it is the end, Dave and Clete went out together, and that's as it should be - the Bobbsey Twins of Homocide walking onto the boat together. If not, well, we'll just have to wait and see what they can do. I'd love to see Alafair get active, though readers (at least the new ones) might get her mixed up with the real Alafair Burke, law professor and writer. Wow! The complications and implications are endless.
One poster said the characters are timeless, and they are. The stories, the principles, the courage, and the content of their respective characters are timeless. Having said that, to remain believable, well, how many truly active LE personnel do you know?
Did you notice that Cletus was actually cleaning up his act throughout the book? He went to that house sober and he finally tossed the cigarettes out the car window.
Everything just dove-tailed so beautifully.
As I said to Jim on another thread - D-A-M-N!