I wanted to love this book. I've read all of Robert B. Parker's books, and Spenser is my favorite fictional character. So I really want more of Spenser, and I really wanted to love this book. But I didn't. It may have been largely due to Joe Mantegna's performance, or it may be a combination of things. I felt like the story was formulaic. Spenser's wise cracks were more sophomoric smart ass comments than Parker's Spenser. I found it hard to care about the characters. I've never been happy to see one of Parker's books end. This one, I couldn't wait until it was over.
No. For the reasons above. I also felt the plot was weak. I never did feel like we should care why Julie was murdered. I never understood why Gerry Broz was brought into the story. Time and time again, people told Spenser they wouldn't help him, and then boom--for no explained reason they were helping him. The involvement with the FBI man didn't gel. There was no point. None of it seemed to have a point.
Maybe for another character, but never again for Spenser. Mantegna's rendition felt like Mr. Rogers channeling Micky Spillane. I cringed when I heard some of Spenser's dialogue come out of Montegna's mouth. I know some people think he's great for the part, but this voice was not Spenser. I thought the performance was awful. Sorry. I like Joe Montegna, but not as Spenser. I felt like a first grade teacher was reading to six-year-olds.
No. I never got emotionally caught up in the characters. I was glad when the book ended. No more!
I don't like giving bad reviews, and usually if I don't like a book I just quietly move on. But this is Spenser. Except it wasn't. And I was sorely disappointed.
Michael Connelly, I love your books. But I was disappointed in the ending of this one. I think you had a chance to make a really exciting revelation/gotcha scene in the courtroom, thereby getting both bad guys, clearing the innocent man's name, and winning the day. The path you took was very unsatisfying for me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the book. I did. You wrote it. It had Mickey Haller in it. How could I not enjoy it? But I think it could have been so much better. Your justice in the end was different, I'll give you that. But it didn't give Mickey the win that I so badly wanted.
I also have some bones to pick with you. I've noticed the tendency in a lot of your books for you to over explain. You don't give the reader enough credit. Stop dumbing it down for us! It's condescending, and it slows down the pace. Stop it!
And why do you have to kill off likeable characters? The one you killed in this book makes no sense. Are we supposed to hate the bad guys more? Are we supposed to feel more? Are you following the logic of "write a character the reader loves, then kill him off?" It doesn't work. It just ticks me off. It seems senseless. IMO, it added nothing to the story and took away a lot.
Are all judges as snooty, egotistical, disdainful, and patronizing as the one in this book? I love your courtroom scenes, and I marvel at how well you can write with such detail and not be a lawyer. But this judge really got on my nerves with her superiority. Yes, I know judges are supposed to be superior. But this judge was over the top. And really, really annoying.
Lastly, why do you have a tendency to make your main characters do really dumb things? I know mc's need to be flawed. But come on. We're rooting for Mickey (and Harry), and you make them SO dumb at times. In this book, I think you let the bad guys "win" too many times in the small skirmishes with Mickey. We're pulling for the good guy. When you let the bad guy get the last, best, word over on Mickey, time and time again, it doesn't make him flawed. It makes him stupid. And it makes me mad. Who wants to root for a stupid main character?
I did like this book. I'm a fan of your work, and I enjoyed this one. Just make the good guy come out more of a winner in the next book. Please.
Dean Koontz's characters, and David Aaron Baker's performance made this book so enjoyable to read. The characters were unique, memberable, fun, and real because of the writing, and Mr. Baker's many voices brought them alive. The mystery was excellent, the character development was excellent, all of it was excellent...until the end. I won't spoil it, but suffice it to say I have a bone to pick with Mr. Koontz.
Each character had their own distinct and unique voice. The performance was outstanding.
Definitely Odd Thomas. There were so many layers to him, and I enjoyed the first person narrative.
I read for enjoyment, entertainment, and escape. I do not read to feel depressed, or sad. I don't understand why authors think that's a good idea. I have enough sadness in real life. I don't want real life in the FICTION I read. I want a happy ending. If you don't mind a less than happily ever after ending, read this book. If you're like me and do mind--this probably isn't the book for you.
I love the Spenser series, but this one disappointed. Not so much the story, but the reading of the story. Usually I'm sad at the ending of a Robert B. Parker novel, because I've enjoyed the book so much. The voices of the various characters in this one were so awful I couldn't wait for this book to end. Michael Prichard is not only missed as the reader of this one, David Dukes ruined it, in my opinion. I recommend reading the book yourself.
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