Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
BUT.... don't start this series with this book as wonderful as it is. Nope, start with its predecessor, Rogue Island. You'll totally thank me. They just fit together so well and explain the living and dead cast members. OK, Ciff Walk can stand on its own bottom, but the beauty of Audible is that few books go out of print so we can enjoy Bruce DeSilva's imaginative growth. And Jeff Woodman' fascinating talent as an actor and creator. DiSilva is as good as any mystery writer... and better than most.
DiSilva plays and teases with moral ambiguities and conundrums. His ensemble fit together, and his plotting fits together like the legendary stones of Machu Pichu. Treat yourself to this series...
The Boyfriend is derivative of Thomas Perry.
I ask artists this question, "How much of a final work is created in the process as opposed to whatever concept you brought to the project at the start". Their average answer, "A whole bunch. The inmates take over the asylum early on."
Ever played the game, "Imagine how history would have changed if…. (fill in the tiny change… like someone jostled John Wilkes Booth shooting hand). Imagine the options… the paths… And that's what happens to an artist during process… Forking pathways are discovered and one is chosen over the other.
And yet… What if the author-artist could go back to that pathway to make the other choice? The Boyfriend exists in a universe that's parallel to other Perry stories. In it he takes one of his most complex bad-guy's essence and bends his presence to a totally different world.
Perry is such a talented story teller, and Roberstson Dean a gripping audio artist, that even though you think you've been this way before… you'll notice that both the scenery and destination become way, way different.
Perry's one of the best.
Okay, the ending's WAAAAAAY over the top. But John Verdon's created a killer villain and a complexly credible hero. And all of the threads are neatly plaited together in the end. Dave Gurney's all flawed up. And his home life's a rich stew that's on the verge of going as bad as his cases.
In fact, the tension between the Gurney's is as gripping as main plot. I wish Madeline Gurney stayed true to her character as chaos explodes. Still, this is a classic series that you should start with "Think Of A Number", the first in the series. Why have the flashbacks here ruin the plots of the three earlier Gurney novels?
Once again, Robert Fass makes this cast his own. It'd be difficult for me to imagine Gurney through another voice.