Not knowing who Neil Gaiman was, I immediatly suspected that the book would follow a sort of Noir theme with mythic references, but luckily it turned out to be something much, much better. The writing is this book is probably one of the best forms that I've heard or read in a very long time. Gaiman's writing has the amazing ability to be down-to-earth and yet spellbinding at the same time. His writing switches continuely from one side seeming as humourous and casual to suddenly becoming overtly graphic in an fluid transaction without destroying the pace or the imagery within the book. The real kicker though is George Guidall, and how he seems to literally bring out the personality in the multitude of characters. If you had to listen to something by either of Gaiman or Guidall, make it this book.
Maybe I read the book's description wrong the moment before I bought this, but (from what I understood) this was meant to be an inside look on how top professionals in the crime-solving industry approach their craft to answer tough quesitons/crimes. What comes off instead is a continual (a quickly irritating) reiteration of 'how awesome' these people are, with no in-depth look at how these individuals come to the conclusion they make or why. If a chapter isn't going into how gruesome a crime is, it's basically over-inflating its protagonists (aka the VD society) to be these larger-then-life individuals, and then spends the remaining few minutes to say that the crime is suddenly solved. I didn't know there were so many ways to reiterate how supposedly, awesome, a certain person could be but Capuzzo takes it to a whole new level. In short, if you're looking for an insightful, objectie look into how modern-day crime-solvers are able to handle their craft, this IS NOT that novel. If you're looking for something that borders (perphaps even crosses into) just plain criminal fiction that is hyped up, then give this book a read, but for myself it was a pretty big disappointment almost from the gecko.
I'm glad I got this on audio because there is no way I could've made it though the whole written form. Although I love the detail that does into Anderson's writing, and I enjoyed George Guidall as the narrator, to say that this book goes into minute detail is an understatement. The book (at several point) becomes long and drawn out to the point of irritability (like someone who won't shut up and get to the point.) I recall several times where I got feed up of listening to what seemed to be an extensively loooong rant about festivals people had, or how handsome they were, and would stop to listen to something else. It wasn't until close to the third segment that the plot actually began to pick-up and once it did I was decently hooked. If you have long car trips, or stories with LOTS of backdrop, I would recommend this for you.
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