Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
- policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
- police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
- evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent
I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.
The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.
If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.
I am from the New Orleans area and was one of the many thousands who evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. I was also one of the large population of locals who were offended and dismayed when then-Attorney General Charles Foti arrested a doctor and two nurses who had been at the flooded Memorial hospital during the disaster. Public opinion at the time was squarely behind the hospital staff, largely because we thought that the opportunistic former sheriff was blaming the very people, who saved so many lives, of not being even more heroic. This was my opinion, and that of everyone I talked to - until I read the ProPublica article about conditions at Memorial, published in 2009. That article convinced me that perhaps something very unsavory had happened at the hospital during the disaster.
And so it was with great interest that I read the reporter's more thorough examination of those days in this book. This book deserves a Pulitzer; it is an unbiased, well balanced and extremely thorough examination of the events at Memorial and the consequences of those events. I also have a Ph.D. in philosophy, and so I was hoping to see a studied examination of the ethical issues surrounding the events, and I was not disappointed. Ms. Fink clearly and accurately explained some of the most basic principles of ethics, and how they were (or were not) applied in this case.
The overall impression that I had of the medical professionals at Memorial was that they were so over-taxed, over-worked and under-prepared that they were not in a position to make truly rational choices about their sickest patients. To prevent this kind of tragedy in the future, our institutions must determine ahead of time how they will react in a disaster, and the people in those institutions need to cling to their moral principles, rather than abandon them in such a moment of crisis. The contrast of Memorial hospital with Charity hospital is most striking in this regard. Both hospitals were stranded in flood waters and lost power. But at Charity they were prepared and had practiced for just such an event. They evacuated the sickest patients first, not last, and they didn't give any patients lethal injections. Three people died at Charity, compared with forty-five deaths at Memorial, many of those in the last few hours, even as helicopters were arriving en masse to evacuate the hospital. Please read this book.
No idea about that.
The betrayal of Mr. Croft by his son was memorable, and hard to listen to.
The scene describing the characters' first experience of the interior of Jane's house was delightful.
I think Chief Inspector Gamache is simply someone who any of us would love to know. I want to spend more time with him and I am thrilled that there are 9 volumes in this series.
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend, and would tell my enemies to avoid it. The story is fascinating and the characters are captivating.
Aside from Locke Lamora, my favorite characters were Father Chains and the duke's spider. Listen to the book to see why ...
Father Chains was too delicious for words.
It made me listen to it when I was NOT in the car. That is a pretty extreme reaction for me.
Harry Potter for grown-ups! But definitely NOT for children.
Yes, I would listen to the book again. It is extremely rich and all the elements are woven together so skillfully that I think repeated listens will always show something new.
The author made the characters very lifelike, which is all the more surprising given the horrific context.
The events in Texas were my favorite, primarily because the characters were not in mortal danger while they were there.
It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it has stayed with me. It comes back at odd moments. I often think (and grieve) about the people in North Korea when I am doing something normal for us but completely foreign to them - like riding an escalator in Macy's.
This book deserves all the accolades it is receiving. It is a remarkable achievement.
Delightful, amusing, mind-bending
Meeting Jenkins, aka The Yeti, was a great moment.
The confrontation with the people in the 21st century was my favorite scene.
Just when you think it is safe to be an extra ...
The best part of this audiobook is the narration - George Guidall is such a treat!
The description of the interior of the barn was delightful.
The denoument was my favorite scene.
A slight story - not much of a mystery. But a charming tale nonetheless.
A delicious confection of a book. How I love it. It takes a special writer to breathe exquisite life into an over-familiar tale. And the prose is in the present tense, which I usually find annoying. But this book just leaves me begging for more.
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