There is at least one grunt or groan per page as the Mystery bookstore owner turned PI in this clever novel jabs you with tight-lipped one liners, followed by roundhouse silly/fun shaggy dogs. This book is loads of fun and the narrator is perfect for it.
This book is great fun. It's a courtroom drama inside a courtroom drama; the main courtroom story is told by a witness to a grand jury. The writing is very precise, just shy of the primness that makes some of the best lawyer novelists kind of annoying. Any too neat-and-tidiness is offset by the fact that the main characters are not good people. And, the protagonist, a lawyer, has backbone, without having to defend himself as a man of the people. He doesn't come off as holier-than-thou, or apologetic, like a lot of lawyer protagonists.
I'm in the midst of reading the rest of Landay's books -- I like him as well as I like Turow. Maybe more.
Grover Gardner is plain fun to listen to. He reads almost as though he's pitching a bunch of Henny Youngman one-liners, pausing frequently when he puts a little zinger in there, so you can catch up to his fun, slightly ironic tone. If you have not listened to Gardner reading Ross MacDonald's books, try those, too, they are great fun.
The way this narrative is told from the point of view of a grand jury witness, gives this book a real noir-confessional feel. Tons of hostility between the witness and the prosecutor, for reasons that keep revealing themselves as the narrative moves along. Loved it!
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