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The Quickie by James Patterson
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Oct 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: suspense, crime, mystery
Read in October, 2009

I'm in the mood now for a quickie. So here it is.

The Quickie is a strong example of modern pulp in the raw-boned tradition of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler. Snappy dialogue propels a simple plot through a number of twists with a first-person narrator telling her story. Tough stuff. The ultimate resolution seems a tad preposterous but what the heck? Enjoy the ride, toots. You get it all with The Quickie: jealousy, revenge, adultery, a woman scorned, robbery, murder, corrupt cops, good versus evil, sexual antics, short chapters with cliff hangers and lines like "The Times Square neon billboard for trouble came in the form of the twenty-something blonde outside his office on Pearl Street."

If you seek something deeper as you follow heroine Lauren Stillwell through her gender-shifted Mike Hammer routine, ponder the wisdom of the old cliché about deception weaving a tangled web. On this level, The Quickie is reminiscent of James Siegel's thriller Derailed where every attempt at covering up questionable judgment just creates fresh opportunity for more of the same until, eventually, the protagonist is forced to face reality.
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