I'd never read Thomas Cobb before (though I enjoyed the movie version of his novel Crazy Heart), but now that I have, I'll be looking for more. This is barely a crime novel (a DUI and the theft of some farming equipment is about as serious as it gets), but Cobb hooks you through his characters and his version/description of small town & rural life is spot on. Even though the novel is set in Vermont and I live in the Midwest, I felt like I knew these characters and this setting intimately. I liked how much of the novel is told through dialogue. When I got to about 10 pages from the end, I thought How is this going to get wrapped up in 10 pages? But the last 7 pages threw me for a loop and blew me away. Should I have seen it coming? Maybe. But I didn't.