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The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter
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Aug 03, 2012

it was ok

This book, made up of 3 interconnected novels, is a 700 page commitment. And I gave it 2 stars. That's not a good return of investment, no matter how you slice it.

Each of the novels is written in the style of a famous crime writer: Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson. I haven't read Simenon and found the novel based on his style plodding and clunky. The second novel, the homage to Chandler, was far more gripping, but left me wanting to re-read THE BIG SLEEP, not another faithful homage. The last of the novels was a predictable ending a la Thompson. If anything it made me appreciate the genuine sick weirdness in the best of Thompson's works, so that's something at least.

Despite a likable promise, some good pre-pub buzz and a terrific old school crime book jacket, you can skip THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH.

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