Astride a Pink Horse by Robert Greer

60%

7 Critic Reviews

Bernadette and Cozy click for a climactic chase after which the plot creaks to an unsatisfying denouement.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The Cold War ended years ago, or did it? For Thurmond Giles, a decorated African American Air Force veteran found naked, dead, and dangling by his ankles inside a deactivated minuteman missile silo in desolate southeastern Wyoming, the answer is no. The labyrinthine investigation that follows his death—led by former fighter pilot Major Bernadette Cameron and ex-college baseball phenom-turned-reporter Elgin “Cozy” Coseia—reveals how the atomic era’s legacy has continued to destroy both minds and lives.
 
Astride a Pink Horse follows Bernadette, Cozy, and Cozy’s boss Freddie Dames match wits with a gallery of unforgettable murder suspects: a powerful, right-wing-leaning cattle rancher; a declining seventy-six-year-old WWII-era Japanese internment camp victim and her unstable math professor cousin; an idealistic lifelong nuclear arms protestor; and a civilian Air Force contractor with a twenty-year grudge against the murder victim. Do three amateur detectives stand a chance against these characters and the conspiracy that may be behind it all? Robert Greer’s trademark mix of vivid eccentrics, surprising plot twists, and political edge makes this one of his most memorable thrillers.
 

About Robert Greer

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Robert Greer is a professor of pathology, medicine, dermatology, and dentistry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where he specializes in head and neck pathology and cancer research. The author of nine CJ Floyd mysteries, including The Devil’s Hatband, The Mongoose Deception, and First of State, as well as two medical thrillers, he reviews books for KUVO, a Denver NPR affiliate. Learn more about Robert Greer at www.robertgreerbooks.com.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by North Atlantic Books. 376 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Astride a Pink Horse
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

Bernadette and Cozy click for a climactic chase after which the plot creaks to an unsatisfying denouement.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Jan 04 2012

There are quite a few places where the wording is awkward and unpleasant, making you feel like your reading the first project of an amateur.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Wes Lukowsky

The banter among the trio is light; sly humor abounds; and though the crime is awful and the motives dark, the reader will enjoy the journey to a satisfying resolution.

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ForeWord Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by JG Stinson on Feb 29 2012

The twists and turns of the investigation are deftly handled; nothing feels out of place or illogical in the scenes or the transitions from one character's viewpoint to another.

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The Times Weekly.com

Below average
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Mar 26 2012

Right in the middle. That’s where I’d place “Astride a Pink Horse.” It’s a five, dead center, both good-and-bad. It’s okay.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 27 2012

Greer's dialogue is sharp and natural, at times very witty.

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Minding Spot

Good
Feb 22 2012

The characters are entertaining as well as intriguing.

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