Title: The Rich are Different
Author: Chris Orcutt
Available from: Amazon
This is the second novel in the Dakota Stevens series. (See my review of A Real Piece of Work). I bought this book nearly 2 years ago, after I read (and loved) the first. I don't know why it took me so long to read it, except maybe I wanted to prolong the anticipation. Good/bad: I couldn't put it down (good) and it was over all too soon (bad). I even went and checked to see if there's been a new addition to the series (there isn't).
And it was worth the anticipation. Dakota is smart and witty, without being smart-ass, which I appreciate. He and Svetlana play against each other perfectly. I can't find anything not to like about these two characters, I just want to read more!
There were enough twists and turns in this story to keep me guessing right up to the end. I figured out the what, it was the who I couldn't figure out. The first death is Sidney Vaillancourt, the wealthy owner of a period Old West town in Montana, which he runs as a sort of dude ranch. Dakota and Svetlana are hired by Sidney's wealthy sister, who wants them to find the truth about her brother's death, initially ruled a suicide. After that, the bodies pile up and Dakota is chasing from Martha's Vineyard to New York City to remote and vast Montana property known as Ricochet, trying to root out the killer.
All in all, a very enjoyable read, and I realized how much I had missed both Dakota and Svetlana. More, please!