Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Public Library
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Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave.
When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person's case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
In "Veronica Mars," Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who's part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, "The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line" will keep you guessing until the very last page. - via GoodReads
I suppose I picked up Veronica Mars because at one point it seemed like my entire Twitter feed was going nuts over it. I still haven’t watched the TV show but after reading Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, I think I have a new show to watch.
I won’t be able to reference the show at all so this review is strictly for the book. Veronica Mars was truly a lot of fun. I loved that she was driven to help find the two missing girls even when others wanted her to leave it.
The setting for The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is Veronica’s home town of Neptune. During spring break it is just one long party full of debauchery. Personally it sounds like it sucks for the locals.
The secondary characters really added to the story. I didn’t love them the way that I normally seem to do but I enjoyed them all the same. I think my favorite was probably Wallace. He reminded me a lot of the dependable guy you know you can count on and he won’t have an ulterior motive. He’s just a good guy.
The mystery was pretty great. I loved riding along with Veronica while she put the clues together. A mystery will particularly score will if I don’t have the game figured out. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line certainly surprised me. I look forward to the second book and I hope there will be more to come!