It takes about an hour into the book before all of the pieces come together but Jack McDevitt sure knows how to write a gripping story
I really wanted to like this audiobook, I love Nick Drakes music, but the author goes all over the place and spends a ton of time talking about, among many other non-Nick Drake related topics, the use of music in commercials! I really wanted to hear more about Pink Moon and Nick Drake. *sigh*
Linda Fairstein is getting in a rut. This book could have been great. I love murder mysteries but "The Deadhouse" is too much like all of her other books to be very enjoyable. There is the woman cop that no one listens to even though her intuition is 99% accurate, the token male that supports her to a limited degree, the female victim, the male perpetrator, and a couple of twists. Though I have a number of criticisms of the book I want to highlight two as examples. I know that books don't/shouldn't mirror real life but seeing as just under 80% of murder victims in real life are males can't we have just one book that deviates from the formula of female victims? Why is it that the female detective, despite being right many times, never earns any trust/credit from her colleagues?
I am a big Orson Scott Card fan but this book is almost unrecognizable as his work. The characters are shallow, plot lines are left hanging, and you have to suspend your disbelief so may times it is ridiculous. Despite Card's comments at the end of the book the story mostly comes off as a right-wing rant that seems to be based on watching too much FOX news. The main point that Card misses is that most Americans are very patriotic when push comes to shove and the idea that they would turn against the central government is laughable. Indeed, the idea of attacking government is most closely associated with extreme right-wing groups rather than left-wing groups as Card portrays in this book. Card has many other excellent books to choose from; bypass this dreck.
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