I grew up in 'Nation County, Iowa' and although he gives each of the towns in the county a fictional name it is easy to recognize them all. I have a hard time putting these books down and have read all the books in the series and am now waiting for the next. It is disconcerting to imagine the types of crimes he describes actually happening there. However he makes them so realistic that it can send shivers down my spine at times. Do I recommend this book and the others by Donald Harstad? You betcha!