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Jim

Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Devil in Silver

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Victor LaValle
    • Narrated By Victor LaValle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl.

    BK says: "very good but drags on"
    "Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book incredibly boring. It just plods along. Also, more evidence that authors should not read their own work, though a good reader would not have salvaged it.


    Has The Devil in Silver turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unquiet Dead: A Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ausma Khan
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner Detective Rachel Getty look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death - which looks like an accident - doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases.

    Jim says: "Keeps alive a memory the west may prefer to forget"
    "Keeps alive a memory the west may prefer to forget"
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    Khan's excellent debut novel goads one's conscience as it follows a new "odd couple" of investigators who I think could have a great future, based on the evidence here. Is the death they investigate a murder, suicide, or accident? She keeps you guessing, with skill and subtlety, telling a compelling story of brutality, loss, complicity, betrayal, vengeance and the elusiveness of justice. The backdrop is a crime of which few but the victims can claim total innocence--the Srebrenica genocide, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. The narrator is competent and nuanced but I think a female voice might be a better choice. And in the next book, she should have Rachel actually playing hockey, not just being on her way to or from the rink.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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