For the first time with a Kerr book, I have to say the book is much too long. It would be much shorter if Kerr simply resisted the urge to include one inane wise crack after another. It was a good story about an interesting period. However, after 5 books, I've had all of Bernie's smart mouth I can take. I'd have shot him myself---just to shut him up.
Thanks to Rich for his "spot on" review. Also, his plea for more books like this instead of the drivel I scroll through every day as I look for new titles.
A main character who wasn't such a smart ass.
McEvoy is simply Harry Bosch under another name. He breaks all the rules (especially ignoring no-smoking regs) and is an all round wise guy who wouldn't hold a job two weeks without getting fired in the real world. I was funny the first time around but it wears thin when it is used in book after book.
Narration was pretty good.
With few exceptions, Connelly writes the same book over and over. Stupid bosses, stupid cops and rules made to be broken by brilliant wise guys.
Only Grover Gardner made this worth while. As for the plot; the bad guys are ex Green Berets, cops, and FBI agents. The good guys are two women protecting truth, justice and the American Way and a wise cracking lawyer who loves stray dogs. Wildly original !!!
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