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message 1: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent I read this one first and almost didn't read any more. I remember it bugging the shit out of me how Ellen didn't know how to use a checkbook, although I may be confusing this with a different early Elvis Cole.


message 2: by carol. (new)

carol. Your and Kemper's review had me rethinking being a completionist, but I went ahead anyway... Silly me. No, you aren't confusing it with another book. I was buying into the set-up that kind of seemed like an abused wife/highly isolated housewife, but Crais made her dumb as well as incompetent. That checkbook scene--she just looked at it, like she hadn't the faintest clue how to do it.

Then square that with the surprise side ending. Ugh.


message 3: by Beth (last edited Nov 17, 2017 09:34AM) (new)

Beth I said in another of your Crais reviews that I bounced off this volume hard. It was in the first couple of pages, where you know little or nothing about Elvis, and the first thing he does is ogle the woman who comes to his office for help. If I try again, I'll take your advice and skip ahead a bit!


message 4: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Carol. wrote: "Your and Kemper's review had me rethinking being a completionist, but I went ahead anyway... Silly me. No, you aren't confusing it with another book. I was buying into the set-up that kind of seeme..."

I probably would have read it anyway if I was in your situation. There's something about leaving a book in a series unread that grates on a person.

It's easy to blame a lot of the things I don't like about this book on it being Crais' first. But the checkbook and the ending...


message 5: by carol. (new)

carol. Yeah, kind of wish-fulfillment/vengeance fantasy. Thankfully, he's gotten a lot better.


message 6: by carol. (new)

carol. Beth wrote: "I said in another of your Crais reviews that I bounced off this volume hard. It was in the first couple of pages, where you know little or nothing about Elvis, and the first thing he does is ogle t..."

I completely see why. It's written competently and not at a sixth-grade level (as opposed to some of its competitors) but I have to tell you, there is a world of difference between this and book four. There's still a lot of tropes, but his female characterization improves quite a bit and he doesn't rely as much on the really tired, sexist/racist tropes.


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