Since I got introduced to L. Block's work in "The burglar who painted like Mondrian" and can't get enough. This is a delightful episode in the series about Bernard Rhodenbarr, an "admitted" burglar and reluctant detective. I found wonderful humor, wit, scorn and a very healthy dose of funny cynicism. The writing is masterful and the wry dialogue is sophisticated. Every sentence is expertly crafted. Richard Ferrone's narration is outstanding.
Despite a modern Hercule Poirot ending (Agatha Christie elements are common in this series), this lighthearted piece that keeps your cerebrum very well nourished and your time very well spent.
This is a weak, boring and shallow throw-away excuse for a novel from a writer whose only reason for success is that he encouraged by us, the zombie readers who pic up his books. The only reason I am giving it any work at all (as if I can go below 1) is that this one, like its 2 predecessors, is at least well researched.
In this novel, I went from one abyss of boredom to another, and for a good reason: None of the characters was interesting, the writing style is amateurish and found no value whatsoever, entertainment/human/otherwise. At least the Da Vinci Code had an explosive story that generally redeems it. With this one, the writer borrows a pre-fabricated story line from his previous work (pick any), injects it with new material and old cliches (try listening to the word "double take" once per page), package it in a book and shoves it down the throat of unsuspecting readers (listeners)
Even narration was below standard. Not only the narrator had the most uninteresting, monotonous voice, but every so often narration tone changes for a word or a sentence indicating a cheap correction that was made ad hoc to some mistake.
Please don't waste your time and credits on this book. Try The Hunted by Brian Haig. Solid all around.
I just finished this Brian Haig's thriller. I have rarely given a thriller a 5 star, even a good one but this novel definitely got my highest rating. It is author's finest work yet. It is a thriller masterpiece in all aspects: the story is captivating, composition and flow are excellent, research is superb, characters are euthentic, ..oh and the wit, the classic wit of the writer was the greatest sweetner. Moreover, to me, knowing that the story is based on true account just added another dimension to the experience.
And don't get me wrong: I love Sean Drummond, the writer main character in the previous series, and I thought I'd miss this funny fellow in this book. Turned out not as much as I thought.
To me, this novel was gripping, insightful and highly entertaining. Scott Brick, as always, did a masterful job.
I am not sure when I will stop picking up David Baldacci thriller flicks.
Granted, this novel is well composed as usual and the writer analyzes it well and does not leave anything in the plot line to chance. However, for everthing else, it is like a spiced-up orange juice when compared to well-aged wine. And despite the writer's attempts at giving his plot some depth of meaning, it comes out flat and unidimentional (think "Those Who Trespass" as a dot, "A Prisoner of Birth" is bi-dimentional and "pillars of the earth" is, tri-).
A quadraplegic criminalist-star? with his sidekick super hot lover?
I wanted to slash my carotid while listening. It is not only boring (the narrator had to recite long tables over and over throughout) but also I felt the writer is condescending to his reader when he puts together such pathetic dialogue and backdrop.
My expectations were a little higher. I was longing for a classic southern lawyer thriller, or anything close enough. This one is not although it starts off as one. Yet it is an easy read and somewhat enjoyable.
The characters are well developed and the story is well researched. In fact, it seems to be a personal reflection of a journey of the auther to that particular area.
Expect a lot of description of this rich geographic area in the book . Yet this is not as boring as the Broker (gag...)
I was going to conclude by saying that this is not a Grisham classic but I just realized that Grisham's work has transformed itself in the past many novels to this type of work (Street lawyer, The Broker, ...)
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