Saturday, February 18, 2012

(23)The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

The Dispatcher

Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Pages: 368

Sometimes after reading several books like I've Got Your Number, you need a good gritty novel to "cleanse you pallet".
The Dispatcher is as gritty as they come!

Ian Hunt traded in the big city police force for a job as a dispatcher in a backwoods Texas town.  He got divorced from his third wife shortly after their young daughter disappeared.  They recently had her declared legally dead and had a funeral for her and everything.  So imagine his surprise when one day he answers a call to find his daughter on the other end of the line. Once Ian discovers his daughter is alive he will stop at nothing to bring her home.  Nothing.

Ian Hunt is a deeply flawed character just going through the motions of life.  He has failed at marriage, not once, not twice, but three times.  He has been a lousy father to all of his children, especially to Maggie. And he feels like an utter failure at life.  But when he hears Maggie's voice at the other end of the line, he sees his chance at redemption.

When I say a book is "gritty" I mean there is a lot of cussing and a lot of violence.  Lots and lots of violence.  The whole time I was reading this book I was envisioning it on the big screen.  Maybe Daniel Craig or Liam Neeson as Ian. Or even Ben Affleck. Someone who has the body of a Greek God, yet looks as if they have lived a hard life.   And I keep thinking that Randy Quaid would make a good Henry.

Bottom line.  I know that  The Dispatcher is not the kind of book that usually appeals to my normal blog reader, but if you love a good gritty crime novel, be sure to check out The Dispatcher.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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