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Calumet City by Charlie  Newton
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Read from March 15 to 24, 2010

Awfully good for a first book. I'd like to give it a high 3, but can't give a 4. Everything happens exactly where you expect it to, and the "escape" scenes are too simple that take up too many pages. There are large scenes in this 388pg book that add at best very little to the overall story. Could have benefited from tighter editing.

On a general note, a book that is told completely in 1st person where the writer is the opposite sex always loses a few believability points to me. And this is the perfect example. Patti Black is void of virtually all femininity. I don't think there has ever been a tougher cop in all of crime fiction...after a while, it starts to wear really thin. And yes, I read the epilogue where Patti's fortunes turn. That's another picky point for me: sold as "noir fiction", but the ending removes it from that category, and leaves it with "noir elements".
Rating: 3.7
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