I stumbled across this book while cruising Amazon. Before I could finish I came back and ordered the other two in this series because I knew I didn't want the experience to end.(...) The first page where the hawk is introduced was the only page I had to "digest." The rest pulled me along and I read every word. In some mysteries, I skip sentences or whole sections because the writing is boring and I know it's just filler. Yes, even in the best. But Ms. Driver's writing is tight and the story is taut to the end. She reveals the culprits early, but it's still a wild ride to the last sentence. Everything is pulled together nicely. No, she doesn't wallow in the violence and I hope that doesn't change, but she describes the action sufficiently for you to understand what's happening. Violence is gratituous enough on TV and in the movies, it's nice to have a chance to use your brain to fill in the not-needed GORY details,if you must. She delivers just enough to make you feel the tension and potential. When she wants you to know a character is evil and capable of the vilest activities, you know it, believe me. Very shrewd. The bird is aptly described and becomes an interesting character. She develops the characters, gives them depth and emotion, and crafts and interesting tale. If the shape shifting seems too much, don't worry, it doesn't overtake the story. The American Indian influences are subtle, but appealing and well-done. This book does a lot and does it well: plot,dialogue,intrigue, character development, sexual tension, police procedures, animal influence. The weakest character is the fiancee, but maybe there are women like that. She doesn't take away from the book, and haven't you noticed that most stories on TV have once character you just hate. So, even Sheila serves a purpose. :)Enjoy the book. I am looking forward to many more "cases" with Sara, Dagger, and Einstein.