The classic mystery has traditionally been the domain of intellectuals to which Gregg Hurowitz certainly belongs. He has not only met the mystery challenge with verve but has included humor in the well placed yet self effacing remarks of his protagonist.
Drew, the writer, experiences a series of "life as is hoped for" setbacks. From a small cadre of friends, he acts on their advice and encouragement to overcome life's obstacles by using his own talents to prove his innocence.
As Drew forges his own investigation, he becomes a Big Brother to a 14 year old delinquent, gains the trust of a brutalized psychologist, accepts protection from the Rottweiler/Doberman, Xena, Princess Warrior, gets street wisdom from a baseball pro, and discovers treachery in one of his trusted friends.
All in all, Gregg Hurwitz is the author who does not judge the human condition but describes it sincerely. His protagonist, Drew, defies a defeatist attitude and pursues justice using his own talents and the knowledge of his friends.
The mystery is my favorite of literary styles. To have humor cleverly inserted into the prose is especially enjoyable.
Hero Protagonist, the main character in SnowCrash, resides in a windowless USTORIT cubicle that has been tricked out electronically to allow him to act as a dynamic government agent in a created reality of his own design wherein he protects the innocent, throttles the wicked, and solves the mystery.
The unique characters, the fast pace adventure, the intelligent vocabulary, and the author's talent for creating sensory images, make Snow Crash a great listening experience.
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