Love Spenser as well as Jesse. All the books are fine, and this is no exception.
Loved Tana French's latest mystery, so I set about to listen to them all starting with this first one. I'm just starting Part II, and I will say it's picking up. Part I was disappointing. The most distracting part was (1) the emphasis on the love interest between what's-his-name and Cassie and (2) the incredibly effeminate protagonist/narrator. I keep expecting him to finally discover he's gay -- but so far he is resolutely loving Cassie and he keeps referring to his past hetero affairs. The characterization either is badly flawed or there's a big "surprise" coming in Part III. Not that I mind a gay protagonist, and I'm not longing for torrid sex scenes. I just don't appreciate a heterosexual (or any other character) who isn't believable.
The book is so great -- and more timely today than when it was first published. My only sadness is the abridgment. I wanted it all. Had to go buy the printed book to fill in the blank spots.
A good story, and about that reader -- I guess you either love her or hate her. I find her story telling exactly right for the deadpan humor of the first person fictional narrator. I loved her in the first Cornelia Read I bought, so I was not dissuaded by the negative reviews. I suggest trying the samples.
This is a pretty good book, though rambling in Part II, but the narrator is smashing. Great timing. Numerous distinct voices. A new favorite for me.
I almost didn't buy this based on a couple of reviews that said it dragged at the beginning. Oh, my. Not for me. I love this almost as much as John Sandford, and that is saying a LOT.
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