since I read Hostage at the start of the New Year, I've decided that for every ten Crime & Mystery novels I read, I want ten different locales--countries. so, I want the author to be from somewhere different than the other nine books selected, or failing that, I at least want ten different countries as settings. so far, it's been a blast, globe-trotting. this book means I finally go to the United States, and Iowa along the Mississippi is giving me a great story! probably Venice next--but I don't just do Crime & Mystery reads, of course--so actually, Venice after some SF, or Fantasy, or whatever. anyway, I'm enjoying my little project, but let's see if I can hit more 4 or 5 star books soon. this one is looking good, on that front.