Book Review: The Grand by Dennis D. Wilson

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About the Author

DENNIS D. WILSON After a career working in an international consulting firm and as a financial executive with two public companies, Dennis D. Wilson returns to the roots he established as a high school literature and writing teacher. For his debut novel, he draws upon his experiences from his hometown of Chicago, his years of living, working, hiking, and climbing in Jackson Hole, and secrets gleaned from time spent in corporate boardrooms, to craft a political crime thriller straight from today’s headlines. Dennis lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and Black Lab enny, but spends as much time as he can looking for adventure in the mountains and on his motorcycle. Keep up with him at

The Recommendation

For an audience who loves political thrillers, this book is sure to delight and entertain.

The Review

I enjoyed this one quite a bit and read it in only a couple of sittings. The characters were well-developed and interesting and there was a certain way in which the author described action that was very engrossing. 

That being said, some of the scenes dragged on and included more description than necessary when there wasn't a lot of action, but it wasn't poorly put together. The story was about Dean Wister solving some crimes, and politicians who are corrupt and willing to do anything to hide their flaws from the public, even going so far as to murder people.

The set up was believable, and the descriptions of the city it takes place in were perfect. All in all, I really enjoyed this story quite a bit.

The Rating


About the Book

The Grand
By Dennis D. Wilson

Chicago cop Dean Wister takes a forced vacation when he is on the brink of a breakdown after the death of his wife. During his summer solstice in Jackson Hole, where he met her years before, he is called in by local police to consult when a notorious Chicago mobster is found dead in the Snake River. What has drawn the hit man west to murder a popular local citizen and pollute the pristine mountain enclave of the rich and famous—is it love, sex, money, or power? Or is it somehow related to the Presidential campaign of Wyoming's favourite son? Dean's investigation threatens to uncover the secrets of a group of memorable suspects, ranging from rich tycoons to modern day cowboys, with political consequences reaching far beyond the small resort town. As Dean follows the leads in the case from Jackson Hole to Chicago to Washington D.C., he also struggles to cope with the personal loss that threatens his mental stability, as the nocturnal visits from his deceased wife suppress his will to let her go and make him question his purpose in life. The climactic scenes contain reveals the reader will never see coming. A funny, romantic, sexy, roller coaster thriller!