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"Falling to Iowa," Richard Mueller's second novel in his Glen Gleason series, is even better than the first, "Death on the Prairie" -- and that's no easy task. Any mystery that begins with a man falling out of the sky and crashing into an Iowa cornfield is already off to a great start, and it just gets better after that. Sheriff Gleason just can't let go of the mystery, which leads to a mob family feud, a criminal mastermind "fixer" with a penchant for wargaming, his dubious paramour, and a threat to everything Gleason has built for himself in his new Iowa life. Along the way, there are tornadoes, train rides, and a wargaming tournament where Gleason studies the mind of his criminal "fixer." The tournament reminded me of those great scenes in James Bond novels where Bond would assess his villain and try to get into his head over the green baize of a casino card table.
As usual with Mueller, the characters are fresh and compelling and the dialogue is touched with both truth and wit.