So, I only read one book this week. But I have a really, really good excuse. I finished the first full draft of my current WIP. *flails* So I did a LOT more writing than reading. But my reward for finishing? I got to read the new Veronica Mars book. (You should probably congratulate me on my restraint for not devouring it the second it came out, because that was some serious focus and dedication on my part.)
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.
For a die-hard Veronica Mars fan, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will not disappoint. Too much. Reading it was very much like watching the show. The characters are so exactly themselves that I could hear the actor’s voices in my head as I read the dialogue. I could see Veronica’s fake-drunk co-ed smile and Papa Mars’ do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do exasperation and Logan’s smoldering eyes and slightly nervous grin (despite being stuck on a floating metal box and MIA for most of the book).
Most of the characters you expect to see make appearances, some pop more often than others (yay besties Wallace and Mac!), but it’s fun whenever Weevil or Dick or even Norris Clayton (the boy crushing hard on V in Season 1’s “Weapons of Class Destruction”—you know the episode with the LoVe kiss heard round the fandom) get a little page time too.
For those newer to VMars, the story itself was interesting and had enough misdirections to keep me guessing. The case of two missing girls brought back a character who caused a lot of emotional distress for Veronica and added an interesting undercurrent to the physical danger that our favorite PI kept finding herself in. It was closure eleven years in the making, and I’m glad Veronica (and I) finally got it. But…SPOILERS…
The one thing that really bugged me about Lianne’s return was that Veronica focused so much on her mom’s alcoholism—which from watching the show, I assumed was only after Keith got fired as sheriff not for V’s whole life—she seemed to forget that her mom STOLE $50,000 from her! And that was after Veronica used her college fund to put Lianne in rehab and lost it all when her mom checked herself out. And there was no “Sorry, honey, I know what I did was horrible.” Or “Hey mom, how about you double my fee to make up for almost ruining my chances at Stanford?” That won’t even bother new fans, or even casual fans who wouldn’t expect it to be there. But as someone who watched this show from Season 1 on UPN, I feel like it’s something that would’ve bugged the shit out of my girl and she wouldn’t have let it slide.
Also, especially after the events of the movie, I would expect the author to know that Gia’s last name is Goodman not Goodwin.
Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this book and can’t wait for the next one. I mean, anything that keeps these characters alive is something I want to—and will—support.