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The Adjustment by Scott Phillips
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May 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-mystery-noir, 2012-reading-challenge
Read from June 16 to 19, 2012

I've read a lot of books, and Wayne Ogden is the biggest jerk of a character I can remember coming across. He's a backstabbing, blackmailing, and brutal person. He cheats on his wife mercilessly, hangs around people he openly despises, and manages to effortlessly get any woman who crosses his path. He gets away with everything and goes out of his way to make everyone else in the novel completely miserable.

Did I enjoy the book? More or less. I'd never read a novel set in Wichita before, and the other characters were interesting and colorful. Scot Philips is a good writer who can tell a good story. My biggest criticism is that I couldn't root for Ogden, and it was his story. The writing itself was fine, but I didn't understand Ogden's behavior. Was it PTSD? Or is it simply that Ogden is a misanthropic misogynist?

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