I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
A fair detective story with a passably ingenious plot line. You can fast forward through the emotional and sex scenes - they are predictable and dull. The characterization of the hero, "Stride", is extremely well done; the defense attorney's characterization is, however, a poor caricature. Overall this title is a pleasant listen - a good "beach" book. I rate it a 3.7 overall.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Sometimes when I start a book, circumstances cause me to lose track and become disinterested in the book. So I return it, only to forget about it months or years later and repurchase the book. In the case of Freeman's first Jonathan Stride novel, Immoral, I am so thankful I gave it another chance.
There are two wonderful characters that are both vulnerable and driven ace detectives. And they both happen to have two equally charasmatic, sharpwitted, funny and insightful partners to keep them humble. The result is characters you will invest emotionally in.
You should read the synopsis, but let me assure you this is a first rate mystery.
Joe Barrett is the perfect choice to bring out the wit and irony in Freeman's work.
The book was slow to start but entertaining overall; however, the ending dropped it a full notch for me. It wasn't the unusual, perhaps unexpected, ending but Strider's reaction, or lack of action, towards it. The Strider character has now lost a lot of credibility with me for failing to properly deal with a stupid, clingy, whining character! (Trying not to give anything away in wording.). Just made me almost mad....
This author really does a good job of creating twists and turns in his stories. This is the 3rd novel I've listened to by him. I have to admit that early on in the novel, I had an inkling of what was going on, but then I forgot about it with all the other plot twists.
He also seems to have a lot of fun creating characters and scenarios.
Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a good mystery that was well paced, driving the story to its conclusion.
I thought the ending could have been a lot better. There's no need to make all of the major events be tied directly to the main character.
He did the male characters well. His female voices were very weirdly done.
There were a lot of graphic sex scenes that were unnecessary to move the story along and honestly, they were clumsy. He would bounce between proper names for body parts followed by some pretty base slang. It was the kind of sex a 16 year old boy might write and there were far too many of them. More than anything else, this reduced my enjoyment of the story because implied sex would have served the story just as well and we wouldn't have been forced to listen to the narrator struggle through poorly written sex scenes.
Freeman delivers a complex, twisted tale. It had a few problems -- namely the first three-quarters of the book were not all that interesting. The last quarter, however, was excellent and left me anxious for the next Stride installment. Freeman uses a plot device that I really hate: a character finds out a vital piece of information that the reader is not privy to until much later. Very frustrating.
This was my first book with this narrator. While I really like his voice, some of his vocal characterizations are really irritating. His Minnesota accents, especially for the female characters, are whiney and grating. However, his Serena Dial is very enjoyable.
In short, don't give up on this book. I think there are great things to come from this new author.
I dont often write reviews, but do read others. This was a first time reading this author, and I really liked it. The story keeps you engaged, enough small twists in the plot to keep you wondering, what! Well worth the time!
I bought this book because its set in my hometown of Duluth, MN
I have a long commute twice a day and no longer have time to read for fun. I can listen to audio books. This narrator did a great job.
I enjoyed the story and was unable to guess the ending. My only quibble is that the author used Duluth, MN as the setting but then didn't use the language unique to the city. For example, he called the boats 'ships.' That is a true mark of a transplant to the city.This is a tiny complaint, as the story was well done and held my attention from beginning to end. I will buy the rest of his series.