Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

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From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

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 not a 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.

My Thoughts

As a huge fan of Veronica Mars (yes, I’m a Marshmallow) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It really is every bit as brilliant as the TV series, and the film.

At first, I was skeptical that the spunky, crime-fighting PI would translate well into written word – but I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, I’d go so far to say that the leeway a book offers over visual media allowed the plot to turn much more naturally. Description is given where it can’t be done via TV or film, which adds a depth to the book overall. Needless to say, I really enjoyed it!

As the plot and dialogue roll on, what is definitely captured is the very essence of the characters – I could hear their voices, the tones, in my head. Veronica, as always, is snarky and sarcastic as she deals with the case brought to her. She takes everything with a grain if salt, and never ceases to exemplify exactly why the police department in Neptune, California is so exceptionally inept and inadequate. It’s bloody brilliant.

The plot keeps going from the aftermath of the film, which is fantastic. What happened in the film needs to be sorted out and dealt with. And, to an extent, that’s what happens. Those events are not to be ignored – neither is any of the past as established in the TV series canon.

However, with adulthood comes a whole new set of challenges for Veronica, her family, and her friends. She’s more cautious, a lot less reckless, and more mature and grown-up – which is exactly what we want to see, or read. Her careful movements and thorough investigation style is a far cry from her beginnings as an investigator in high school. And that’s what I was hoping for. She’s grown into herself, she’s far more confident, and she’s matured.

While this growth is evident in the book, what hasn’t changed is her inherent personality. She’s sarcastic, she’s snarky, she’s no-nonsense, and she won’t let herself be pushed around or bullied. This hasn’t changed from the TV series. Her very nature is still very much intact – and honestly, would she really be Veronica Mars if she wasn’t snide and snarky? I think not.

Overall, I am more than pleased with Veronica Mars coming back! I can’t wait to see what happens next – whether it’s via film, TV, or more books.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 29, 2015.

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