This book is an evidence that even excellent writers like Lawrence Block can do poorly. For the first time ever -and i can tell you i've read MANY books of LB- i got bored . The plot is repetitive and the too long story dilute the interest that the unusual main character and the dark sense sense of humor initially create. I need to go back to a Matt Scudder story
I got almost annoyed with author of the book. He writes beautifully, but the plot is unconvincing and the three main characters are excessively self-absorbed in contemplating their unhappiness and , more generally, the unavoidable misery of the human condition. There is no room for real passion, hope, and engagement. It is all grey and hopeless.
My last book of Michael Cunningham !
I felt that the last few Michael Connelly novels were disappointingly repetitive and far less exciting than the first ones. The plots were not credible and lacking interest. The character of Hyeronimous Bosh was also fading and lacking the intensity that used to make him so attractive.
The Black Box reconciles me with both Connelly and Bosh ; i listened to the book in 48 hours and -to say the least- i really got into the story.
Welcome back H Bosh !!
Demille has been a great story teller with engaging books such as Word Of Honor, Up Country, Spencerville, where action, introspection (characters beautifully carved out) , a pinch of sex and of humor would keep high your attention and your interest through the end of the book. Those days have gone. The book is endless and it is a challenge to get through the end. The character of John Corey has worn out and it is both boring and pathetic with his jokes of a 15 years old... Neléson Demille, you can do better ..
It takes long to get into this book. The story is convoluted , the characters difficult to comprehend and one really does not understand where Tom Wolfe wants to take him. Is the book meant to be an essay on the ethnic and social conflicts in Miami or simply a comedy on the high class bourgeoisie investing in art for social recognition ? No, this is, you discover after a few hours of patient listening, a thriller .. The writing style and the reading are frenzy and a bit too high pitch. Much ado about nothing.
A great book well written and even better read (excellent performance by Kevin Collins). It has all elements that keep you hooked to it : mystery, romance, humor and search for redemption. The only drawback is that you've got very few characters , so it gets relatively easy to identify the villain. also the end is a bit disappointing. Look forward reading more from Adam Mitzer !
Very little happens in this minimalist story. The main characters are not engaging, the plot bland, the end easy to figure out. Too bad, because Olshan knows how to write...
I enjoyed the first Keller's stories. They are about the unusual character of a professional killer who spends most of his money in collecting rare stamps. Keller is after all a nice guy (well groomed and low profile), a gentle sociopath who does his job with the mix of duty and boredom of a bank clerk ..
This unusual setup and Laurence Block's good writing skills make Keller stories good for a while, but they clearly start getting repetitive .. It is difficult to add new dimensions to the main character or change credibly the routine of a professional killer... In this last book Keller is married (with a wife who knows of his profession and is also a "nice" sociopath") and tries to make killing a part-time job along with stamps dealing...It is getting boring.
Richard Poe does a great job and kept me awake...
The story develops in many European cities just before world war 1. Initially the characters are well shaped , the atmosphere captivating and the plot intriguing . Boyd writes with a confident and fluent style which makes the reading very enjoyable...However as the story progresses the plot becomes shaky (and frankly less credible) and Boyd seems uncertain as to how wrap it up . The end of the journey is somewhat disappointing , particularly because the first half of the book is so engaging..
All in all enjoyable (i.e. good,but not great)
The book is collection of Matt Scudder's short stories that most deal with the early years of Matt as a detective. They are witty, engaging and fun to read with a melancholic twist for the reader that knows that this may be the last book of one of the most compelling detective series . We shall miss you , Matt Scudder !!!
Not much to say : if you like hard-boiled stories with a sense of humor, the New York atmosphere , a very engaging main character , then Matt Scudder's books are for you.
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