“Review from Judge, November 2014, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.” 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4 out of 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5 out of 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4 out of 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 4 out of 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5 out of 5

Voice and Writing Style: 4 out of 5

Judge’s Commentary:

       The cover image is kind of fuzzy, but I can see how it delivers a nostalgic impression. I enjoyed the back cover synopsis, kind of shoots from the hip. Very direct and casual. The opening is hilarious, the way he rips on his boss (haven’t we all been there?). I really enjoyed the comfortable, wise-ass tone. Your writing really flows; there’s no teaching that kind of smoothness.
      Your dialogues are fresh and direct. I like your fight descriptions – they are more like the awkward, messy affairs that most often occur (p. 92). Nice angle, too, bringing in the office politics (p. 96). Your descriptions are well done (and not overdone, p. 175). I can really picture myself in your settings. You’ve written some genuinely moving scenes, too (p. 200). You’ve done a good job building the details of your characters and their relationships.

       I love the character description on p. 222. What an eccentric! Very imaginative. I also enjoy the descriptions of the settings, many of which I’ve been in before. Also appreciate that I haven’t seen any typos or grammar errors. You’ve obviously worked very hard at fleshing this thing out. Excellent job! You’ve created a truly intriguing mystery with some amusing and true-to-life characters.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, December 31, 2013

By Marvin L. Kohn “Marv”  

This review is from: STATELINE (Paperback)

I enjoy mysteries, and this was a joy to read; it kept me engrossed the entire time wondering what would happen next. The number of twists and turns in the story line kept me enthralled and curious as to how it would turn out. Are there any more books by Dave Stanton? I hope so!


5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOK!!!, January 25, 2014

By Seaton Collard

This review is from: STATELINE (Paperback)

I loved this book! Fun – you find yourself rooting for Reno. Easy and fast read keeps your interest the whole way through. Full of great characters. Loved the writing too – pleasantly descriptive but not overdone. The first of Stanton’s books I’ve read, but I’ll go find more.


5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, January 19, 2014

By L. Vernon  

This review is from: STATELINE (Paperback)

Stateline is a book that pulls you in from the first page. It’s well-written, fast-paced, and just a fun read. By the time I got to the halfway point, I ended up reading it all day until I had finished it.


4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty with its beasts showing., January 13, 2014

By G. R. Gluskin – 

This review is from: STATELINE (Paperback)

It’s great to find a mystery writer who can create vivid images with easy flowing prose and creative metaphors. Dave Stanton draws the reader into the story with his ability to capture and contrast the inside out of dark characters set against the beauty of Lake Tahoe. This “beauty with its beasts showing” kept me guessing right to the end. Will gladly revisit Dan Reno, PI, and company.