Just finished it, and loved it as much as the first book in the series. It captures the essence of aging as well as The Last Picture Show captured coming of age.
Loved the audiobook so much that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting (in a back office at work with the volume turned down low - don't tell anyone). It is good on several levels, the story is well told in a manner that makes the mundane interesting, it has a man meets middle age and fights it subplot, its a great sea story, parts of it are really funny and parts of it make you cringe in sympathy with some of the situations the author gets himself into. If you like boats, you'll like the book. If you've ever owned a boat you'll love the book.
I grew up a Mickey Mantle fan, this book didn't take any of the Mick's lore away from me and in the end probably added to it. You see the flawed human, true enough but you see what could have been without an outfield drain cover and lifetime of drinking. What he accomplished in spite of those issues makes him all the more remarkable as an athlete.
This one goes easier on Bosch being on the verge of being fired or under threat of some other punishment and focuses more on plot.
I hated the narrator's Bosch voice, sounded like an old man. The story was more Terry McCaleb than Bosch I thought.
This book follows Robert Parker's earlier books in the series so well that I couldn't tell how much, if any of this was Parker's writing. If you liked the other books in the series, you'll like this one. The "Virgil said" "I said" issue that people have had in the other books wasn't nearly as noticeable, or I've gotten used to it and it didn't annoy me at all.
To the reviewers who felt there was too much whinning in the book - this mans life was ruined because he did no more than his job. He has a right to a little venting, but didn't let it get in the way of a clear recitation of the facts and of his conclusions from those. I totally agree with his conclusions based on the facts presented in this book and in Mike Gilbert's book which I read first. Watching the trial, I bet a guy O.J. Was going to get off because of the prosecuters. Thebook did change my opinion of Furman for the better.
This is one of a series apparently. Reading this is like picking up a novel and reading a single chapter in the middle of the book.
Good plot, good pace. A nice weave of history, Native American culture, suspense and adventure.
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