Hard boiled private eye adventure set in Chicago as cop turned PI investigates and old murder case and finds a convoluted tale where there are few friHard boiled private eye adventure set in Chicago as cop turned PI investigates and old murder case and finds a convoluted tale where there are few friends and many enemies. I liked the pacing and action and I thought the denoument was prety good. The dialogue also crackled....more
This is more of a cerebral Reacher novel than some of the past novels that have a much higher body count, and to me, the absence of action takes awayThis is more of a cerebral Reacher novel than some of the past novels that have a much higher body count, and to me, the absence of action takes away some of what I have come to expect from a Lee Child novel. Sure there are some fight sequences, but I never felt the main character was evenly remotely matched by the villains who opposed him.
Moreover, I cannot avoid another problem with the plot as to why Reacher actually get involved in this problem to begin with. Child makes a point of mentioning several times that Reacher has to solve this mystery because the people were not acting the way they should. Oddness but not necessarily compelling. In fact the story is just not as compelling.
The various mysteries may be interesting by the book didnt hook me in. Not to say I didnt read it in a day or so, but I wasnt as moved as I was say by Persuader or the Killing Floor. To me, the book was a little tired....more
**spoiler alert** If you like to be emmershed in real life you will like Price's latest novel. The story is in the context of a police investigation o**spoiler alert** If you like to be emmershed in real life you will like Price's latest novel. The story is in the context of a police investigation of a murder in the Lower East Side of New York, but using that jumping off point, Price accurately presents a mixed bag of characters and nails their essences down pat. As in the Wire, where Price was a writer, the story does not flow straight ahead. It pauses, it digresses, it disolves into various character moments. It presents everyones side of the story. It spins a web from each characters reaction to the events jumping from one viewpoint to the next, but you never feel lost or striving to understand who is talking. Its alive and you are there. It captures the flaws in each character -- and everyone is flawed in some way. From the initial witnesses who falsely accuse the wrong man to Eric, the presumed murderer who is raked over the coals in an interrogation, and you feel sympathy for him, but then he is skimming at the nightclub and holds out on the cops, to the father of the victim who goes a little nuts and blames himself for how his son acted on the night of the murder examining how he raised the boy to the cop investigating the crime, who has the hots for the murder victim's stepmother and barely knows his own two wayward sons who are called Older One and Other One. The stepsister's guilt, the killer, his criminal accomplice, an ex lover of the victim, a waitress who screwed the victim on the night of the murder. Each person finds his way onto the stage of the novel and in small snippets, and utterly convincing dialogue, Price shows their lives -- warts and all.
I am not so concerned about geography or whether Price accurately depicts the exact neighborhood. This is fiction. But dialogue is why I read books. Its what I love, and if you love dialogue you will love this book.
I was captivated, enthralled, engrossed. I read it in 48 hours 455 pages on two work days. Gulped it down finished it and said now thats a book and a half.
Burkes mystery takes place at the same time as Katrina and he does describe horrible events that went on there in the context of his book so we see peBurkes mystery takes place at the same time as Katrina and he does describe horrible events that went on there in the context of his book so we see people fighting over scarce resources and bodies floating in the waters and rescuers saving people etc and I have no real beef with his limited description of the catastrophe as it is part of the setting of the book, but its his mystery that I find faulty. I really think the book is overlong and the plot convoluted, unconvincing and generally full of unsympathetic people.
Basically three looters who are past rapists and a brother of one loot the home of a crook find diamonds but in the course of their leaving get shot by someone from a neighboring house. The innocent boy is killed and one of the rapists is paralyzed. The robbed crook tries to find the looters while a diabolical psyopath seeks to recover the diamonds. Robicheaux investigates the shooting of the innocent boy and gets ensnared in the search by the crooks and the psychopath to find the diamonds and the looters. Naturally the psycho goes after Robicheaux's daughter. The story takes way too long to get anywhere and (part of that is because Burke is trying to show that justice and all services grounded to a halt when New Orleans was destroyed but there are too many loose ends and the denouement takes too long to get there.
Burke's description of the destruction of New Orleans is convincing, but he needed a better plot....more
Although I thoroughly enjoyed it, the book was not as good as the first two books in this series. Still, the characters are great, action sequences arAlthough I thoroughly enjoyed it, the book was not as good as the first two books in this series. Still, the characters are great, action sequences are top rate and there are two interlocking stories....more
The Stephanie Plum books are a guilty pleasure. Humorous light fare with a constant cast of characters including Plum, an inept detective hired to appThe Stephanie Plum books are a guilty pleasure. Humorous light fare with a constant cast of characters including Plum, an inept detective hired to apprehend persons in Trenton who have skipped out on their bail, Lulu, her assistant, an obese busty ex hooker who wears clothes two sizes too small, her Ranger, a suave sophisticated man in the same industry and her boyfriend, Morelli, a Trenton cop. The odd ball grandmother, her wacky sister, exploding cars.
That being said, this latest Plum, a so called between the numbers novel is even lighter fun than usual. The story is that Plum's grandmother has been kidnapped and Plum and a cast of oddballs have to return some tolen money to a gangster. There is a little man who thinks he is a lepricechuan, a defecating horse and the usual LULU shennanigans. The jokes are fewer, the mystery is less thrilling, and the story is dumber....more