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Jim Harrison is a well reviewed and highly successful commercial writer, so there is little to no harm I can do to him if I carp about his latest pot-boiler The Great Leader.

If you are looking for another detective story of a law enforcement officer, larger than his faults, long on suffering and grief, living with physical pain and age, his life at loose ends, who finds solace in the great outdoors, booze, and sex, then this is the book for you.  If you like the bad guys to be more than criminal, to be steeped in evil, then this is right for you.

You may find the detective’s name dropping tiresome, and his drinking and sexual arousal boring, but every book has drawbacks.  You will enjoy Harrison’s skill in describing the weather and landscape.  He puts the reader where the action is.  Charles Marlin

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