Astride a Pink Horse
Astride a Pink Horse
By Robert Greer
North Atlantic Books, Hardcover, 9781583943694, 376pp.
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
"Astride a Pink Horse" follows Bernadette, Cozy, and Cozy's boss Freddie Dames match wits with a gallery of unforgettable murder suspects: a powerful, right-wing-leaning cattle rancher; a declining seventy-six-year-old WWII-era Japanese internment camp victim and her unstable math professor cousin; an idealistic lifelong nuclear arms protestor; and a civilian Air Force contractor with a twenty-year grudge against the murder victim. Do three amateur detectives stand a chance against these characters and the conspiracy that may be behind it all? Robert Greer's trademark mix of vivid eccentrics, surprising plot twists, and political edge makes this one of his most memorable thrillers.
"Greer takes a new direction from his popular series character, CJ Floyd (Blackbird, Farewell), and I hope [new characters] Bernadette and Cozy will be back soon. The refreshingly eccentric cast and elaborately structured plot make for an engrossing tale. Think Elmore Leonard, Brad Parks, and Craig Johnson."
“Greer’s writing style is relaxed and redolent of experience, spinning a tale of opportunities lost, delayed revenge, and unexpected life-changing events that breathe life into the characters without overwhelming their personalities. The twists and turns of the investigation are deftly handled; nothing feels out of place or illogical in the scenes or the transitions from one character's viewpoint to another. … Lovers of mystery (in particular, the evocation of place that Tony Hillerman achieved in his novels set in the Southwest) will find Astride a Pink Horse well worth their time.”
"Greer, best known for his always engaging CJ Floyd mysteries, steps outside his comfort zone here. Time will tell if his three protagonists make another appearance-that would be a good thing, and Greer leaves the door open-but the tone is different here from the sometimes dour Floyd novels. The banter among the trio is light; sly humor abounds; and though the crime is awful and the motives dark, the reader will enjoy the journey to a satisfying resolution."
"This book is a must-read for action fans."
—Jen's Book Thoughts