Two O'clock, Eastern Wartime
of Dunning's best. Groan. Too many twisting plots, interconnecting (one hopes) at the end but I'm going, now wait a minute, didn't this guy die in New York some pages ago? One unique and very entertaining aspect of the book, was the historical detail of early radio and how exciting it must
have been to be working in the "new" medium. That was really cool and putting the setting of the radio station ...more
In summer 1942, writer Jack Dulaney was jailed for a barroom fight that he didn't start, but certainly didn't back away from. He ...more
Working on racetracks by taking care of the horses, Jack Dulaney leads a peaceful life which is stopped by a drunken bar fight that ends him in jail. When there, a friend from the racetracks, Marty Kendall, brings him a letter from his old friend and crush, Holly, who indicates she's run in trouble. Dulaney decides to escape the prison to help her.
(view spoiler)[Once out, he traces Holly from her home in Pennsylvania to New Jersey shore, on radio WHAR, where sh...more
Dunning's sprawling mystery (478 pages in the hardback is Michneresque for the mystery genre) encompasses World War II, Nazi spy landings on the East coast, Irish freedom fighters, horse-racing culture, and the era of live radio drama, and ultimately falls prey to its grand ambitions.
Despite its extra weight, the story is light on its feet, moving quickly as hero Jack Dulaney walks away from a prison labor gang in California to pursue the woman he finally realizes he s ...more
The two threads converge in a story a of a Nazi spy murdering people who might expose him.
The spy is based on a real life Nazi spy, whose biography is Counterfeit Hero: Fritz Duquesne, Adventurer and Spy by Art Ronnie w ...more
The protagonist, Jack Dulaney, wanders into Regina Beach, New Jersey searching for his lost love, Holly Carnahan. He's a wanted man so takes on the nom de plume of Jordan Ten Eyck and hooks on to station WHAR as a continuity writer. He finds Holly, also using an alias, Holly O'Hara, singing with a local ...more
I picked up this title because I truly enjoyed Dunning's Cliff Janeway/Bookman series. I have both read and listened to each of those titles several times. This title felt very similar to the Janeway titles - similar pace and historical content, which I really enjoy. My first time through ...more
Sadly, by the time we get to the mystery and its revelations, the readers are only confused by it. Sure, there's a lot of wonderful histo ...more
I had read all the Booked books and love them but this one puzzled me.
First the hero goes by two different names and disappears by running away from a jail work party. The girl is just as puzzling. You never figure out what happens until the last few pages.
The authors work does have something going for it. The Radio Station and the reclusive owner. Murder mos ...more
It features Old Time Radio as a backdrop and that was way before my time. I found it
highly interesting to learn about this period and that was a bonus to the plot.
You really participate with the lead characters and the twists and turns of the plot are enthralling.
My only annoyance is Dunning has, to my knowledge, never written a sequel.
You'll get to know the people in this book, and remember them.
John always wanted to write, but was a poor student. He left high school in the tenth grade, partly because of an inability to concentrate and absorb lectures. Several years ago he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), a malady that could not have been imagined in t ...more