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    Review of LYING WONDERS by Susan Rogers Cooper

    A SHERIFF MILT Kovak Mystery

    Thomas Dunne, St. Martin's Minotaur, January 2003

    When Arkansas Sheriff Milt Kovak gets a call from an ex-girlfriend about her missing son, he doesn't really worry. The boy is an adult, after all. Still, he checks it out--and finds a corpse. The missing youth is the prime suspect, but Kovak can't help being certain that the local cult has something to do with the murder and maybe the missing young man. There's definitely something suspicious about all of the apparently pregnant women gathered around the charismatic leader.

    Author Susan Rogers Cooper (see more reviews of novels by Cooper) provides an authentic feel of Arkansas, the land, the accents, and the family structures that underlie it. The strength of LYING WONDERS is in watching Milt deal with his wife, sister, ex-in-laws, and ex-lovers.

    Readers looking for action, or for a detailed mystery with clues and subplots won't find it in this short novel. What LYING WONDERS does have, though, is a down-home feel that will leave you feeling like you just finished one of the southern comfort meals Cooper describes.

    Two Stars

    Reviewed 3/09/03

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