Gorman tapdances dangerously close to the territory of his buddy, Dean Koontz. There aren't any elements of the supernatural here, but the good natured intelligence of the Good Guys comes close to being a notch too sweet and tender for my tastes (yes, including the weepy 'putting the kitten to sleep' scene).
It's another pretty-good rural mystery from a guy who can write it better than this. The Midwest gets painted pretty well, actually, but it's the formulaic tale of a psycho brother versus the good brother that wears thin towards the back pages.
Gorman keeps the story moving along, despite some slow spots, paces it well and keeps the premise pretty basic. The only pet peeve I have is the repetitive dialogue.
That is what I mean. He does this several times during the novel and it gets a little annoying after doing it 4 or 5 times.
However, the novel is excellent overall and Gorman is a master storyteller. This is a must-read for Gorman fans.