Enjoyable but not one of my favorites as half the book was about chasing down the group of Manson-like killers rather than an investigation. I preferEnjoyable but not one of my favorites as half the book was about chasing down the group of Manson-like killers rather than an investigation. I prefer the books that had Davenport investigating and finding out whodunit, with the twist at the end. There was next to none of this, no twist. So just a simple, straightforward chase, a simple resolution at the end. It was a book that could have been cut back by a quarter and would likely have ended up better.
I liked that there was less Letty than I feared and am curious as to where Sandford will take Lucas after this installment. It sounds like we're in for a change. I just hope he doesn't make the same mistake Connelly did (and admitted) when he made Harry Bosch retire and become a PI. IMO, as Harry himself found out, it doesn't quite work when you don't have the badge and the machinery behind you and I far prefer a "real" cop procedural than a PI book....more
The inner workings of the IA and police administration were lost on me since I'm not familiar with them. I also expected the corruption Scully uncoverThe inner workings of the IA and police administration were lost on me since I'm not familiar with them. I also expected the corruption Scully uncovered to be of a more serious nature and it likely was, except I didn't get it. Ordinarily, I would relisten or reread this to find out what I missed but I'm not that enamored of this first installment to want to do that.
I will try another book to see if the series will take on what I prefer - murder investigations with any internal corruption being peripheral rather than the main plot.
On the plus side, I was expecting a much more lightweight book, like an episode from one of Cannell's tv series but The Tin Collectors turned out to be more substantial. I could have done without Scully having had a past relationship with the deceased's wife, Barbara, as well as with Chooch's mother, and of course, start a romance with Alexa. It's as if every male author of a crime/suspense series has to have his protagonist bed every attractive woman in the book.
I suppose it's a guy thing. If I were a male author, I'm pretty sure I do the same. I have not read any crime series written by a female featuring a female protagonist except for JD Robb's Eve Dallas, and I'm now wondering if there's any where the protagonist beds every hunk in the series. Then again, if had Roarke as my husband......more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 9, 2015 Narrators: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
THE NARRATION: LaVoy was very good as Emmy and Collins as the psychopath. IREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 9, 2015 Narrators: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
THE NARRATION: LaVoy was very good as Emmy and Collins as the psychopath. I also liked the background music added to the psychopath's POV. Both are narrated in alternating 1st Person POV. What I didn't like was not giving Bookman his own narrator. As a result, his part was subsumed by Emmy and the antagonist.
THE STORY: With the Present Tense, 1st Person POV, and Emmy's snarkiness, this book ended up a chicklit, or in the romantic suspense genre than a straight-up crime thriller.
Fans of Karen White's narration in the Julie James FBI romances and the romantic suspense genre should love this. I have not read a "real" James Patterson before and so far the collaborations have not impressed me. Perhaps I should try an Alex Cross novel and see whether that works for me....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 11, 2015 Narrator: Jim McCance
I have questions at the end of the book but am giving this audiobook 5 stars for sheer entertREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 11, 2015 Narrator: Jim McCance
I have questions at the end of the book but am giving this audiobook 5 stars for sheer entertainment value, keeping me interested from start and, going by the open-ended ending, this was just the introduction to a new series.
Set in Philadelphia, Teddy Mack in a rookie lawyer with some serious baggage. Good thing is that he's single and not in a relationship so I didn't have that to aggravate me since every romantic interest in these crime/thriller books serve only to add to the protagonists' troubles. Mack is propelled into a criminal defense case by his boss, much to his chagrin, as he has absolutely no interest in that branch of the business, desiring to build a career in real estate law.
Mack finds himself defending Oscar Holmes in what seems like an open-and-shut case. The evidence stacked up against Holmes makes it near-irrefutable that he killed Darlene Lewis in a horrific way. When a neighbor calls the cops, Holmes is found with his face covered thickly with blood. There's even blood between his teeth. Holmes, however, insists he is innocent. He is also a little intellectually-challenged so he can't explain how his face was covered with blood and how the murder weapon was found in his mailbag.
I was thinking this was going to be another run-o-the-mill legal thriller about how Mack proves Holmes was framed and in many ways it is. Except, run-o-the-mill or not, I was hugely entertained by Ellis' storytelling and did not wander off as I often do with audiobooks when the story flags. This book maintained its speed and I wasn't bored at any time.
That said, I was trying to find where it explained Holmes' bloody face and teeth but that's never explicitly explained. I had to assume the killer did it. While that may be obvious in hindsight, after I've finished the book, I prefer that the author explain or clarify something as important as this.
As a lot happens in this 12-hour audiobook, it's likely I will relisten to this one day. McCance's narrating skills are excellent and I like his deep voice as well as the differentiation he gave to the secondary characters. There were many times I thought there was a second narrator as McCance was able to switch between Mack and another very deftly in a dialogue.
I'm probably in the minority to like the way Ellis ended this book. The last few chapters were like a epilogue which wrapped things up during the ensuing six years after the main story arc ends. We learn what happens in Mack's life and career in those six tumultuous years following the events that led to Holmes' freedom but unlike most epilogues, these final chapters contain more twists and turns I've come to expect.
It was 12 hours well-spent, and I'm looking forward to the next installment as Mack settles down in his career as a defense attorney in criminal law.
I have not read Ellis' Lena Gamble series but if The Dead Room is anything to go by, I should check his LAPD police procedural series out....more