"After so much loopy plotting and Heartland folks, the slam-bang militia madness comes on a bit too furious. Harstad's strength is in the wry and dry details of a cop's life, and in his unbending compassion for deceptively plain people who cast long shadows in the subzero snow."
Plenty of laughs, skewed violence, and marvelous takes on how weird Iowa winters can be—in the third, and best, procedural featuring easygoing Nation County Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman (Known Dead
, 1999, etc.), from a former Iowa deputy sheriff who knows the territory inside out.
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