Reviewed by Sheryl Root
Snitch by Rene Gutteridge
"Rene is a master at creating memorable characters and putting them in situations where humor abounds."
Rene Gutteridge creates another set of wacky, lovable, and hilarious characters in Snitch, the second novel in her Occupational Hazards series.
While the first book, Scoop, took us into the life of Hayden Hazard and the Channel 7 newsroom, Snitch takes us into the world of Hayden’s sister, Mack, a Las Vegas police officer. Mack (who hates her full name of Mackenzie) is thrilled to receive her first undercover assignment—a newly created task force whose goal is to bring down an auto theft ring.
Heading up the task force is Sergeant Ron Yeager, an experienced undercover cop just twenty months away from retirement. Ron isn’t quite sure why they want an “old man” like him to head this task force, but he’s not going to turn down an opportunity to get away from the boring desk job he’s had for the past eight years. However, his wife, Nan, isn’t quite so happy about the idea of him going back undercover. And when their pastor, Kyle, gets involved as a decoy, she is even less pleased.
Other members of the task force include Jesse Lunden, an egotistical undercover narcotics detective; Jesse’s partner, Elliot Stillman, better known as “Dozer” for his tendency to nod off at a moments notice; and Lamar “Wiz” Takahashi, whose nickname comes as a result of his very small bladder.
Mack and Jesse clash constantly. Jesse believes Mack’s inexperience working undercover is a hindrance to the task force, and Mack is determined to prove herself. Jesse, who also finds Mack’s strong faith in God rather odd, sees nothing strange about his own “good luck” talismans, including a picture of Elvis during his Las Vegas years. One of the most hilarious, as well as heart touching, scenes in the book is Jesse’s reaction when one of his good luck charms isn’t there when he needs it to be.
Rene is a master at creating memorable characters and putting them into situations where humor abounds. When the team sets up surveillance in a hospital room where the psychiatric patients meet for their nightly recreational hour, you just know there are many laughs coming your way, and you won’t be disappointed.
In Rene’s world, even the bad guys are part of the fun. Add in a nosy neighbor, Ruth Butler, self-appointed president of the neighborhood association where the undercover house is located, and the laughs just don’t stop. My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is that I thought the undercover operation was wrapped up too quickly at the end. I guess I just hated to part with the characters I had grown to love.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you laughing, with a little mystery thrown in, then pick up a copy of Snitch. Rene won’t let you down.
Sheryl Root is Partner Database Manager at OneHope, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach every child with God’s Word. She’s also a writer and a reader of everything she can get her hands on … books, blogs, magazines. In other words, she’s both a data geek and a book nerd. She loves to be able to support Christian authors and spread the word on great books and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a wonderful community of published and yet to be published writers. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sheryl_Root.