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Damage by John Lescroart
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Feb 17, 2012

did not like it
Read from February 08 to 16, 2012

Up to this point, I had never picked up a John Lescroart novel, and after reading Damage, will not be rushing to pick up another. It's not that I picked up a book featuring characters from other books that I couldn't pick up on, as Lescroart does a fine job in making this book feel like the first in a series. It was more the plot line itself and the characters written. Damage starts fast enough with the brutal murder of a woman who is killed in a fire by her rapist recently released from jail. The lead characters (Wes Farrell, the county DA and Abe Glitsky, the SF police homicide lieutenant) pick up the trail and begin what is in my opinion, the most sloppy pursuit of the purported villain. Taking cues from "How Not to Arrest a Suspect" or "Blatantly disregard protocol" they blunder through 250 pages of pursuit. On the flip side, Ro Curtlee, a rich, spoiled and out of control, former rapist, out of jail on bail couldn't be any more stupid. His parents are seemingly unaware of his tendencies (impossible to ignore) and almost encourage his behavior. Just released on bail for a rape 10 years ago, why not commit arson, shoot a private investigator tied to the Assistant DA, assault police officers, and indignantly stick his nose in the face of those accusing him. I kept waiting for the plot to thicken (as they typically do), but never felt the edge of the seat suspense I enjoy with this type of novel. There was a few twists at the end, but they frankly didn't deliver for me...more of a "ho-hum" type of response. It was a quick read, but as stated earlier, I will probably stay away from Lescroart unless in a future pinch.
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message 1: by Mike (new)

Mike good review. I only got to chapter 7 or 8 before I accidentally forgot my book at a hospital while I was there, and didn't bother going back to get it.


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