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World Enough

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This intriguing, hardhitting, intricately-plotted mystery set in Boston’s clubland marks an exciting new departure for cozy author Clea Simon.

The Boston club scene may be home to a cast of outsiders and misfits, but it’s where Tara Winton belongs; the world she’s been part of for the past twenty years. Now, one of the old gang is dead, having fallen down the basement stair
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Severn House Publishers
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Lisa Lieberman
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-by-friends
I like my mysteries dark and complex, smoky, and this one lingers on the palate like a good Pinot Noir. Clea Simon was part of the Boston rock scene in the 1980s and went on, like her main character, Tara Winton, to become a journalist. Looking back with those well-honed reporter's instincts, she sees the screwed-up lives of the musicians she used to admire, the long-dead and those who barely survived those drugged-out years. Tara recognizes her own survivor's guilt, for having come through unsc ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, clea-simons, e-books
This book is a new undertaking for Clea Simon as she moves into the underworld of Rock and Roll music twenty years ago. The MC Tara was accepted there but was really on the outside. Tara went for the music and didn't really know all the "dirt and drugs" that was occurring. Tara was an aspiring journalist and now has a job in the commercial world. She meets up with her editor at the time and he asked he to write a piece on the Rise and Fall of the Rock bands. As Tara begins to dig into the past, ...more
Betty Koval
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clea Simon has a knowledge of the 80’s rock scene in Boston I had no idea existed. This was quite a lesson and while being schooled I became hooked to solve the mystery! I thought I had it figured out just for a while then a snippet of a clue was dropped and STILL I was surprised by the ending. I applaud Clea for peaking and keeping my interest! Quite enjoyable!
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clea Simon is never one to bow to convention. Her highly original, noir infused mysteries stand far above and far apart from the vast quantities of formulaic fare. While I’ve long been a fan of Clea Simon’s unique pet mysteries, World Enough is the first of her non-animal novels that I’ve read. I was very impressed. World Enough takes the reader into the clubland of Boston where in the 80s a generation of hopefuls rocked. Now, years later the scene is tired. Dreams have given way to the realitie ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading "World Enough" by Clea Simon. Personal disclaimer: Clea is a friend of mine and we were both involved in the Boston Music Scene (1977 through the 1990s ). She captures the camaraderie of those times. The family atmosphere where almost everyone knew everyone else. The scene did begin to fall apart at one point and Clea hits on some of the noticeable reasons for it's demise.

She describes clubs, bands, people and attitudes within the community alongside a mystery, running thr
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
World Enough weaves together some of my favorite things: A good mystery, a flawed heroine regaining her mojo, and rock 'n' roll. Specifically, World Enougj is set in the Boston rock scene and alternative press scene in the mid-80's. Having been there, I can say that Clea Simon has done a beautiful job of evoking this time and place before Boston underwent a tech-fuelled makeover and when the Rat was the gloriously grubby place to be. Simon gracefully handles the transitions from past to present, ...more
Claire Fullerton
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In pin-point specific jargon, Clea Simon depicts Boston's musical underground for what it was in the eighties: thrilling, a hint of the taboo, the kind of place outsiders become insiders, and all because of an identification with the music of the times that draws Boston's youth en masse to a world of their own. This book pulses in the rhythmic cadence of a bass and kick drum in an arena where anything can happen, and probably did, as journalist on assignment, Tara Winton, who is in the gritty cu ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was really engaging, I had a hard time putting it down. I buzz-sawed right thru it. There was one part that I really liked, when she's walking home from the club, and you write (paraphrasing), "Maybe this is what we love, the night", that scene just captured the innocence and wonder of those times with a little bittersweetness.

I'm not a huge fan of the mystery genre, so I'd hesitate to say I LOVED it, since it was, after all, a mystery. But I liked it a lot.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I opened up World Enough and climbed into a time machine that carried me somewhere both familiar and strange. Anyone who's invented family in rooms filled with booze, smoke, sex, and loud music will feel at home in this place. What's just as satisfying is being immersed in the unique details of the 80s Boston club scene. I'd never been there until I read this book. Most of all World Enough gave me the thrill of imagining what dark mysteries might lie beneath my own fuzzy memories. ...more
Rob Battles
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner about a music scene I'd never plumbed until this book brought me into it! Great characters and atmosphere, and a solid, satisfying story that kept me up later than I wanted, so I could read what happened next - Clea Simon knows how to tell a good story, and World Enough is an excellent way to turn off the world for awhile and get swept up into an alternate universe! ...more
Thomas Pluck
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
nostalgic tale of a rock journalist turned corporate drone who gets back into her old life after a friend dies under shady circumstances. brings the old Boston rock club scene to life.
Mollie Hunt
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
Everybody has a past. Some are more memorable than others; some we would prefer to forget. My own past was rooted in the hippie movement and the music scene that went with it. Though WORLD ENOUGH’s Tara Wilton hit her crazy prime a few decades later in the clubs of the ‘80s, I can identify. I understand those push-pull relationships with once-upon-a-time friends. I get the compulsion to both renounce the past and embrace it. The dichotomy that runs throughout this story is eerily my own.

In this
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clea Simon immerses readers and her new series sleuth,  music journalist Tara Winton, in the 1980s Boston club scene in the noir-tinged World Enough (Severn House, ARC). Tara once covered the city's punk rock bands for fanzines that paid little but gave her needed access. Now working in a dull corporate communications job, Tara is drawn back to the heady, long-ago times when her former editor asks her to write a piece on Boston bands for his glossy city magazine. The assignment coincides with th ...more
David Madara
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tara Winton was a clubber/reporter for the music scene in 1980's Boston. She now has a "real"
job. When an opportunity arises to write an article about the scene now, and then, she jumps at the chance. She uses the death of a "star" back then and a current death, to tie into the article. Someone wants her story stopped before it starts, as she might be getting to close.

Great book, and hopefully the start of a new "Boston noir" series. Has everything, sex, drugs, and Rock&Roll... I'd recommend it
Joseph Finder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A time machine back to the Boston music scene of the 1980s, and a lovely meditation on how some friendships last and others don't, and some people can change while others can't. ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

World Enough

A Boston-based noir mystery

by Clea Simon

Severn House

Severn House Publishers

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of World Enough through Severn House and Netgalley:

The Boston club scene is a place for outcasts and misfits. Tara Winston’s belongs in this world and has been a part of it for twenty years. But now one of the old gang is dead, it looks as if he fell down the basement stairs at his home.

Tara’s journalistic instincts tells her there is something more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
One critic called this bitter-sweet. It's more bitter than sweet. Not bitter in the sense of gross disappointment but a bitter taste. The lesson Tara, our intrepid reporter, learns is that truth is different for everyone. The corallary of which is you never know someone completely. Mysteries abound as Tara digs into her past when she was part of the music scene 20 years ago. The toggling from the present to the past worked well enough to act as a nice counterpoint. I found the story lagging espe ...more
Judithe Little
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
World Enough is a compelling mystery that takes the reader into the dark, smoky, drug-riddled clubs of the Boston music scene in the 1980s as Tara Winton revisits her past in order to solve a mysterious death. Tara is an endearingly imperfect character who, like the other habituees of the ‘80s rock scene filling out the book, grapples with middle age, the lost dreams of youth and a future that didn’t turn out as expected. Clea Simon is a gifted writer who weaves together past and present in a sa ...more
Rory Costello
Call it 3 1/2, but I rounded down because I found it somewhat hard to follow all the characters who kept moving in and out of focus.

I liked the development of the main characters and the backdrop of '80s rock in Boston, although the descriptions of the music came across as rather generic. The contrast between the grit then and the gentrification of today was also well done.
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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming psychological suspense novel, "Hold Me Down," as well as the recent "A Cat on the Case," the third in her "Witch Cats of Cambridge" series. She is also the author of "World Enough," a rock 'n' roll noir, as well as the Blackie and Care series (most recently "Cross My Path") chronicling the adventures of the pink-haired Care and the black feral cat who loves ...more

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