Anyone who knows me well recognizes that I have an obsession with Veronica Mars. If you don’t know who or what Veronica Mars is, maybe I should write a separate post entirely on the subject. Long of the short: Veronica Mars was a three season television series with a serious cult following. The main character, Veronica, starts as a teenage girl living in southern California. Her best friend is murdered and when her dad, Keith Mars, was sheriff he had accused the wrong man of murder and ostracised the Mars family. Keith was sent packing from his job at the sheriff’s department, so Veronica’s alcoholic mother left her family high and dry. Keith then started his own private investigating business and Veronica, who was now shunned by her classmates, worked for him in her spare time, solving cases and trying to make it through the drama the seedy town of Neptune has to offer.
Fast forward three seasons, to a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a Veronica Mars Movie seven years after the show has been off the air, a web series based on a secondary character and a two-book deal with Vintage, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for underdog success. Rob Thomas, show creator, decided to write two books that pick up right where the movie left off. The first novel, entitled The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, is a tale of drug lords, spring break, kidnapping, and a good old fashion mystery. It’s a quick read (I read it in two days) and isn’t predictable in the slightest; another reason to love Rob Thomas’ work.
The novel plays like an extended episode of the television show in your head. Thomas and his co—writer Jennifer Graham stay true to the characters and their line delivery, all while painting the picture of a hard hitting mystery featuring some surprise guests from Veronica’s past. Veronica Mars fan or not, you aren’t going to want to pass up this can’t-put-it-down mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I’ve already have the date for the second book release bookmarked in my calendar!