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Calumet City by Charlie Newton
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Nov 29, 10

Read from November 01 to 29, 2010

I have often used the Edgar Awards as a means of finding new writers in the mystery genre to read. After finishing this book I can only say that 2009 must have been a bad year as Mr. Newton's effort garnered him an Edgar nomination for Best First Novel. The plot is all over the map and lacks any semblance of cohesion, purpose, or direction. The book is rife with undecipherable acronyms and cop speak buzz words.

I visited Mr. Newton's website to look for perhaps his take on what this novel is about and to make sense of it all. I didn't find any answers but what I did find was honesty. As he puts it ". . . being a bit impulsive, I drank a ninth Guinness, staggered off the grid, and began writing full-time." If ever I was to read another work by Mr. Newton it would only be after consuming the requisite number of Guinness. I really don't think it would make a difference, but it might provide some degree of enlightenment.

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