The first half of the book seemed like good ole Grisham: details on the prison system-stats etc. But all of sudden it was like listening to a different author. An implausible dog leg in the story. Unlike most Grisham novels there isn't the character you root for, that you want to see win. Makes one wonder if, as our favorite authors age, do they have trouble coming up with the great stories that bolstered their early careers. its an uneventful book that cant hold a candle to works like The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Pelican Brief etc. The Racketeer is forgettable.
This book isn't what I was expecting, having read the Sean Duffy and Michael Forsythe novels, but once I got into the meat of the story it did not disappoint. I realized how much the heroin was affecting this obviously brilliant ex-detective. You wanted to just scream at him because he was so blinded about the truth of situation. Its a good read and Gerald Doyle just sends it over the top. That man could read a garbage collection manual and make it enjoyable. Adrian McKinty is hands down one of my favorite authors.
Well first there a lot of characters. Sometimes mentioned almost in passing. When you hear their name again you are like 'wait, who was that?" now in a hard book you could easily thumb back through quickly until you spotted the name on a page. You cant do that on an audiobook. Then we Have Freida who seems pretty clever, she uses her therapist intuition wisely throughout, until the end! Seriously we are supposed to believe she 'figured' all the other stuff out and missed the most important aspect. Come on... really. It was so obviously, for a really long time what was going to happen, 'it' had happened before, to her, there is no way she should missed that. And then there's the Karlsson (sp?) he's hot, he's cold, he's hot, he cold. He thinks Freida is mumbo jumbo, then he sees a positive result, praises her. Then its mumbo jumbo again, more praise. again and again. either he has turned a believer or he hasn't.
The story was entertaining. the narrator was AWESOME. I am not too fond of female narrators. But Beth Chalmers hits the mark. She transitions perfectly between the characters and is easily recognizable from one to the next. I would choose to listen to a book based on her alone.
I will read the 2nd in series just to see where the authors go with Freida, and Joseph too. I wasn't sure why he was introduced in the story at all, I think if he weren't in the story he wouldn't be missed, I don't think he added anything. But he did grow on me as just a nice guy,
Great Bosch story, as usual. Too short but great for a little taste of Harry until the next full length novel comes out Len Cariou great as always.
I have had this in my library for a while, don't remember why I bought it. I think it was recommended by one of the authors I listen to regularly. If I had known at the time I bought it that it took place in 1964 I don't remember that either (don't get old). Within the first few minutes I could tell I was listening to a 'dated' book, but that did not diminish the story at all. It was sort of fun listening to a story that was devoid of all our current technology. Having to find a pay phone, using phone books, flying to destinations to gather your intel.
I liked the narrator, knew I had heard him before but couldn't place him, had to look it up-Richard Castle books, both Heat & Storm novels. The only thing that was a little annoying was the Florida southern accent, but easily gotten over.
I would listen to more Travis McGee.
Loved having Stone and Robie in the same story, very clever intermingling and twist. albeit too short. Sad to say I never saw it coming! Good job! Looking forward to next Robie or Camel Club, been too long.
NO WAY. the story line is totally unbelievable. those of us that read this genre are used to pretty interesting circumstances but the gray man is like ethan hunt and jason bourne and who knows who else. no one is that indestructible
give us something that could really happen
didnt have one
narrator was good is about all i can say on a positive note
Being a fan of previous McKinty books I was excited to read this. It was a bit of a slow start and a bit confusing-going back and forth to different locations. BUT the story picks up and become involved in the characters. You wind up really rooting in the end. Glad I read it. And of course Gerald Doyle is the best, really has the characters down pat.
OK who didn't know 'who done it' within the first 30-45 minutes of listening to this book?!?!?! Even when a book is terrible I always try to finish to give a chance but pleasssssse.
The people who read this genre of book like a challenge read. Not only do we read these books we watch the genre in movies and tv. We want surprises, something new to pull us in, feel for the characters and best yet not have the book figured out every step of the way. And how about some smart characters too. The judge is well , lets say I wouldn't want to have her preside over anyone I knew. She has no common sense. She can't see the whole picture even when its been presented directly to her, over and over again. In fact, most of the characters are like that. They are presenting the facts and running through scenarios and the obvious is well whats the saying "if it was a snake it would bit them'. I found myself talking back to the book.
The dog was the best part of the book. I won't give spoiler alerts but suffice to say a five year old could have figured this out, even the fill in details. The clairvoyant was the next best character. I believe there are people with these gifts and they are overlooked as quacks (some are but not all) So to insert a believable clairvoyant and actually have at least half the other characters believing her and follow her leads is a good thing.
I like the idea of a private company like Forensic Instincts. There are many people out there that are not law enforcement, that aren't members of the alphabets, that are way more capable than the badged ones but they are looked down upon because they don't have badge or 'special agent' before their names. I know there is at least one other book in this series and I will give it a try just because I like the premise but I certainly hope the author has wised up to realize her readers are smarter than this and want a challenge. FI is a great storyline and would make a great long term series IF the author gives us readers more credit than in this first book.
And can I just say regarding tv reference genre , to put in the book a special agent from the FBI's BAU who's nickname is Hutch (remember I was listening and not reading so I think that's how it would be spelled) that sounds exactly like Hotch, agent Hotchner, who is a special agent in the FBI's BAU from Criminal Minds is well............ reallllllllly
OH and I hope its not the same narrator. He wasn't the worst but certainly far from a voice that could lend itself to the story telling.
Great story. So glad Edgar is in it, as he is the new TV show. Having read the books and seen the show who ever cast the show did a great job. Readers always create their own vision of the characters and these 3 certainly fit the bill. I think it helps the book flow. I love Michelles cluttered truck!
The satellite info was interesting. Believable storyline and the narrator was great.
If I get murdered in LA I want Bosch on the case.
Up until now Bosch and Haller have only had cameos in each others books but that changes here.
This is by far the best Bosch story ever and much more in depth characters for any Haller story to date. Connelly works these two in well together.
You know how some books are so good you read them again, well this is one of those. I hope Connelly puts these two together again, soon!
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