The Identity Man
John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for a murder he didn't commit, he knows the cops are closing in on him and that he's facing life in prison--or death by lethal injection. Then, as if out of nowhere, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offer ...more
This is a fairly well written book. It revolves around a couple of stories that intersect. The book opens with (and these aren't spoilers as you can get a ...more
One thing to bear in mind about Andrew Klavan is that he's really two people at once. There's the adrenalin junkie who loves violence and writes the meanest, tightest thrillers this side of James "LA Confidential" Ellroy, and the best gunfights this side of Stephen "Dirty White Boys" Hunter.
Then there's the really annoying Andrew Klava ...more
Petty criminal John Shannon finds himself mixed up in big city politics, murder, and police corruption. Although a terrific thriller, The Identity Man also has a very tender and thoughtful theme woven throughout. The contrast of this gentleness in the midst of a violent, flood ravaged decaying urban area makes the suspense all the more intense.
It is a novel, a fantasy. A very enjoyable one.
Unspoken rules guide so much of life, and one such guideline is that polite people don't discuss politics or religion. Now, while I might disagree with that rule when it comes to dinner parties (where so much of the conversation is deadly dull), I have to admit that it generally holds true in narrative fiction. Most authors lack the panache or subtlety to address either subject without turning their stories into screeds. So when both show up in the ...more
What is different and compelling about Klaven’s approach to this subject matter is ...more
I love dialogue. If you've read a lot of my reviews, you've probably caught that somewhere. The first line of dialogue here isn't until you've read eight percent of this book. That's a long way for narrative to have the entire spotlight. I'm glad I didn't know that going in. Even after, dialogue isn't heavy in The Identity Man. There's a lot of inner monologue here, but strangely, it work ...more
A nationwide manhunt is underway for John Shannon, a petty criminal framed for murder. But he's convinced he won't get caught. He's hiding in the ruins of a city destroyed by a terrible flood, and, thanks to a mysterious foreigner calling himself the Identity Man, he has a new face, new papers, and a new life. But the city is crawling with corruption. Crooked politicians, gangsters and dirty cops are everywhere, and for some reason Shannon doesn't understand, all of them want him dead. John Shan...more
This book started a little slow, but when it built up the characters and you got into the head of Ramsey, oh boy. It became awesome. The protagonist is a tad vanilla, which is a plot device for him to "absorb" a new identity through culture (I won't give too much away) but he is largely believable as a male character.
I don't think Klavan writes women well. They're not nearly as ...more
"The last movie Shannon watched in the white room--the last DVD in the tomato can carton--was kind of stupid but kind of good, too. If anyone had been around while he was watching it, he would have said it was kind of stupid. But since it was just him sitting there, he had to admit, secretly he thought it was pretty good."(79)
Does it need editing ?
By reflecting an inept use of language and ...more
The writing was gripping and the main character was portrayed well. I could see and hear the action clearly, and the emotions felt real. It is the type of book that I would generally want to dig into over and over again to find something new and to get carried away on th ...more
The other story centers ...more
His new life, while pleasant in the beginning, unfolds into a ...more
Characters who wrestle with fundamental problems are so much easier to accept than superheroes like, say, Jack Reacher. In this case the main character, Shannon, is a basically good if unwise guy on the wrong side of the law who has b ...more
John Shannon is a petty crook, a lockman with a love for wood carving. He sees figures and faces in the wood and has to free them. After a routine break-in goes sour, he finds himself on the run, blamed for a home ...more