Can I receive a half credit refund? I paid for a whole story and only got half, struggling through the 29 parts of this book only to arrive at the last part to listen to "Maybe this person murdered the victim, bur maybe it was that person." What's with that?
I have read or listened to several of Ann Rule's books. I thought that Green River, Running Red was very well written. Ms. Rule cleverly switched back and forth between a narration of the victim's histories and a detailed biography of the killer. This device kept the reader engaged, telling bits and pieces of the killer's twisted background, while telling the sad stories of the many, many victims.
This book plodded on, turgidly recounting over and over the greed and coldness of the victim's husband and presumed killer. Only toward the end did the focus shift, and I will not go there and spoil it for other potential readers. I read on, eagerly waiting to learn the killer's identity, judgment and punishment. But this was not to be. The book ended with speculation, plus a dark hint that Ms. Rule was in possession of information that she could not yet reveal.
Other authors have had the integrity to abandon a project that could not be resolved. Ms. Rule should not have written this book, and I should get a half credit refund. :)
A different narrator might have saved this book. Mr. Shimer's low, slow monotone is expressionless, and his female voices are awful..
No, this is my favorite genre, when I can't find books about modern European history. I have read every other Michael Connelly book, and this one is the worst.
A different narrator, such as Len Cariou or Peter Giles.
I am nine chapters in, and I haven't found one yet. This is like a Tom Clancy novel that gets going after about 400 pages. I will hang in a bit longer.
Michael Connelly's character, Jack McAvoy, is much more compelling and likeable in The Scarecrow. In that book, he is not as whiny as he is in The Poet. Ironically, it was the references to the Poet case in the Scarecrow that convinced me to buy the book.
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