This is an appealing mystery, and I think I like it a bit more than its predecessor, Burning Man, which I read exactly a year ago. There are things about the story which irritate me, such as the puns, which average one or two per page, and the pop culture allusions. I guess I get a little tired of the wise-cracking crime fighter routine. The things that make these novels appealing are the character of Sirius. Though Sirius has much less to do in this book in than the first, the plot of this one is superior to the first, with a nifty little "Silence of the Lambs" bit tucked into it. Robert Crais's Suspect is still the best crime dog book I've read, but for dog lovers, Sirius is pretty cool. Please bring back the military sidekick, Mr. Russell - his involvement saved the ending of the story and gave our protagonist someone human to work with.