From Publishers Weekly
In Cooper's amusing eighth Sheriff Milt Kovak mystery (after 2003's Lying Wonders
), the Oklahoma lawman arrives in Las Vegas, Nev., for an overdue vacation, only to get embroiled in an assault and battery case. His cousin, Maida Upshank, in town visiting her daughter, Denise, begs Milt to bail out her husband, Burl, who's been arrested for beating up his son-in-law. It appears Denise's husband, Larry Allen, attacked his pregnant wife. Kovak gets Burl released under his recognizance, but Burl disappears just in time to be the prime suspect in Larry's subsequent murder. Maida summons her five geographically scattered sons to help Milt find Burl, but the brothers' personality differences cause friction and scant progress. Meanwhile, back in Prophesy County, Kovak's second-in-command, Emmett Hopkins, longtime widower, embarks on a not-so-graceful, midlife office romance. Between the Sin City shenanigans and Hopkins's humorous woes back home, this light romp should leave readers satisfied. (Mar.)
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Milt Kovak, Sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, and his wife, Jean, are off to Las Vegas for a second honeymoon. But their respite from daily life is short-lived when Milt gets a call from his cousin, Maida Upshank, who is also in Vegas along with her four sons. Maida's husband, Burl, punched his son-in-law, Larry Allen, heir to a casino fortune, after he learned that Larry had been physically abusing Burl's very pregnant daughter. Milt knows how he would have handled the situation back home, but in Vegas, the punchee has more clout than the puncher. Milt gets Burl released from jail, but when Allen ends up dead and Burl goes missing, Milt is forced to find his friend before the Vegas cops do. Maida's four squabbling brothers become Milt's ad-hoc detective squad as they search for Burl and sort through a jackpot of murder motives that range from white supremacists to scorned former lovers. The eighth Kovak caper once again offers the satisfying combination of gentle humor, common sense, and a very likable protagonist. Wes LukowskyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved