Certified bookworm since 1962
This novel tries too hard to be a hard-boiled film-noir novel and it fails miserably. It's a cheap imitation with a main character that is so unlikable that you'd like to see him get hit way before the book is over. Want a good read in this type of genre? Read some Jim Thompson, or early James Ellroy, or Richard Stark or Charles Bukowski or Dashiell Hammett.
Decent plot, interesting vignettes about Rhode Island, shallow characters,difficult to accept the story line, and not read by a very good reader.
This is a good series. I enjoy the character and the narrator is great. Its a short listen, which I neither like or dislike. I would like more, but the story isn't missing anything so I am on the fence. Can't wait for more from DeSilva.
Although this may have a wonderful story, I cannot fully comment. I admit to being an unusual reader. I greatly dislike vulgar speech. The F word repeated so often does make any book for me virtually unreadable. I made it through a few hours, then stopped. I realize I am not the audience for this book, but I personally appreciate it when someone else writes a review that comments on such strong language.
If you enjoy inane chatter from dull characters then this book is for you. For the first five chapters I couldn’t decide if it was the narrator, slow storyline, or the dull characters that made me want to turn my ipod off. But I stuck with it and by the end of the tenth chapter I decided it was all of the aforementioned issues plus the main character is a guy that even his mother couldn’t stand. The guy has cutesy names for his car, wife, and who knows what else. The author takes great pains to explain the obvious to the reader/listener?
In the introduction the author states that Evan Hunter sent him a note advising him to write a novel based upon reading a “nice little story” he had written. Hunter was wrong. Here’s a note for the author, "you should have written the dog story." It had to be better than this story.
Seems the author is trying too hard to be a skirt chasing, tough talking, lover of movie cliches (who can't understand why younger people don't know the lines from old movies) reporter. A little too much objectifying of women for my taste. Decent plot, and I finished it, which is saying something, but I probably won't read any more from this author. (I love books and 3 stars is about as low as I go unless the book is written by Ann Coulter or something, which of course I'd never read.)
Well, I made it to chapter 14! That's it for this grade school level writing. How so many people could give this a great review is just totally baffling to me. The narrator is terrible...I don't know whether he is using his real accent (annoying) or if he's talking with that accent on purpose but it just does not work. He's not as bad as Scott Brick but close. The story is the worst part...slogging along and about as boring as it gets. Maybe I'm wrong and I just didn't invest enough time with it. Maybe I should have waited until the middle chapters but I had to give up. Waste of time. Sorry.