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The Perfect Defective by Clark Casey
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Apr 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: indie-fiction

The Perfect Defective is a booze-fueled train wreck of a detective story. I couldn't pull my attention away even though the plot doesn't make much sense, the protagonist is a drunken misogynist jerk and the humor is pretty juvenile.

The Good: At least Casey's protagonist knows he's a drunken loser. He never gets anything right and has the nerve to make fun of his own loserdom. While juvenile, The Perfect Defective has some wit. There are a few laughs, or a whole lot of laughs depending on your taste in humor.

To the novel's benefit, Jack Hannigan is a well fleshed out character. He's rather offensive to pretty much everyone, but his character is interesting and engaging.

The Bad: The plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The protagonist/narrator wanders around the novel's landscape drunk and without much purpose other than procuring more booze and sex. At times it seems like The Perfect Defective is a poorly constructed delivery vehicle for some crude one-liners.

The Bottom Line: The Perfect Defective's sense of humor isn't for everyone. It's crude and offensive but sometimes funny. Reader beware.

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Reading Progress

April 12, 2012 – Shelved
April 23, 2012 – Started Reading
April 23, 2012 –
page 4
April 23, 2012 –
page 12
April 23, 2012 –
page 16
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page 20
April 23, 2012 –
page 29
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page 32
April 23, 2012 –
page 38
April 25, 2012 –
page 44
April 25, 2012 – Shelved as: indie-fiction
April 25, 2012 – Finished Reading

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