Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Great characters, great performance. unpretentious writing, classic whodunnit!
It made my commute almost pleasurable.
The inclusion of so many characters.
When the lawyer behind everything was eliminated.
I will buy his second book! In my wish kist.
Artist & Journeyman Composter
First let me mention the excellent, no, outstanding skills of the narrator who not only did gender differences well, but created the characters so distinctly you could see them. For a Californian, it was an introduction into an unknown culture: extreme East Coast, and in another way, a level
of society I ordinarily wouldn't choose.
Liam Mulligan is a tall, cigar smoking, good looking investigative reporter who thinks he's in good shape, with an avid fanship for the Red Sox, quick and frequent sense of humor, bulldog tenacity, loyalty, deep caring sense of family, place, & friendship, who loves enough about his life to carry him through the challenging job of finding out the truth about things and taking the consequences of revealing it. I wish I had him here to help me write this so you'll find it interesting, too.
The story is about a series of residential conflagrations powerful enough to rapidly incinerate
a whole house, including, horribly and sadly, the occupants, by the time the firetrucks arrive. He senses the story,and, knowing the police are either hamstrung, too slow or just poor detectives, does his own investigation, all the way to the end.
Perfectly interwoven is the hilarious harassment by his soon to be divorced wife, the Red Sox game series, a love affair, the fate of friends in the Fire Department, the hard handed and "Dumb and Dumber" police twins, his office mates,the demise of printed journalism, dinner at favorite various joints,the surprise friendship with Mason, son of the latest investor trying to save the newspaper, the corruption in high places, crime in low places, and interactions with numerous others who create a whole, pulsing, living small town, where Mulligan can greet people on the street because he knows them and they've known him since he's been a kid.
It IS a really good story, and is true to its' culture. It was actually an inoculation for me, being something of a goody two shoes, but I just didn't quite like the ending,as I need more happiness, but which really spoke to the courage of the hero, who can take consequences with big enough heart to be sad, but not really give up hope.
My headline pretty much says it. Liam is a old timey type of reporter with many colorful characters in his life. The story is fun because of the people in it. The plot is not totally inspired, but again, the characters make it great .
Have not read the print version and I am not a serial reader...well, I wasn't before this outstanding whodunit. I won't miss the remainder of the series, however.
Liam, an upstanding ROGUE with steel nerve and a cotton heart.
Excellent narration by Jeff Woodman, who is a new narrator for me. I will check him out for more books as he captured my admiration for this one.
I read it in one setting. I could not pull myself away.
Entertaining, realistic and well-written. I will now download the remainder of the series, which I hope continues for some time.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
This was just an average book. Some good parts, some boring parts. Not a total waste of a credit, but nothing too exciting either. What can I say, the characters didn't draw me in or excite me.
Delightful book -- full of interesting characters, dark humor, and social/political commentary delivered with a deft touch. Terrific narrator -- local color is spot on. Oh, and a good story too. I even enjoyed some oblique potshots at my august alma mater. All in all, highly recommended.
Jeff Woodman nailed the Rhode Island accent. I cracked up on the subway when he did the main character disguising his voice on the phone. The first time I listened to a book he narrated it was Scottish, English, and Irish.
I liked hearing directly from the author why he wrote the book.
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
This is a great update on the reporter as crime fighter trope - this isn't 'His Girl Friday,' it's a depressed newsroom with layoffs and budget cuts, and has a more unvarnished view of the journalism industry. The protagonist, Mulligan, has issues, of course, but also has an entertaining cast of acquaintances and sources, in varying shades of unsavory. The author does a great job of creating the look and feel of this town. This first is an excellent book, with a lot of heart. I recommend 'Cliff Walk' as well, a solid follow up.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book--but I doubt the paper version could compare. The performance is so wonderful, and the timing of lines so perfect that I don't believe I would have enjoyed it half as much if I hadn't listened to it on Audible. I would listen to it a second time if on a drive with my husband. Loved the baseball elements throughout.
Everything--as mentioned above. Accents are so important to the characters in this book. And the timing of the lines is perfect.
No--I enjoy prolonging the end of the best books I hear or read.
The language--Fword used as an adjective to most nouns--might bother some. But it created the characters so beautifully. Not a good choice if you are listening with children in the car! I do find that after I listen to a book like this I find myself cursing more often.