Though these novels were written in the 80s and early 90s I just discovered them recently. I know Woodrell's work from "Winter's Bone" as a film, but had never read one of his books. The writing is simply fantastic. Very true to the region, finely crafted dialogue and simple but engaging storylines. Bronson Pinchot has become one of my very favorite narrators. His ability to vocalize different characters and make each sound unique is fantastic. Two thumbs up from this reader.
I've seen comparisons between this book and those written by Gillian Flynn. In my estimation there is simply no comparison. Except the references to Missouri. It was OK, but the story was not tight,and some characters seemed to dissolve from the narrative with no resolution. If someone really wants to get a sense of sourthern Missouri and the culture of the Ozarks they should read Daniel Woodrell. There is no one who captures it better.
I love the Harry Hole series and have listened to them all. This was certainly not them best of them and I'm disappointed that Nesbo would end the series with a less-than-stellar effort. Plus, Robin Sachs IS Harry Hole and his untimely death left shoes that even John Lee cannot fill. Still worth reading for any Hole fan though.
There was plenty to like about the book, but it read more like a comic book than a novel. Gentry is really a superhero and the plot is over the top. That said - he has all the makings of a Jason Bourne. I'll read the next book in the series.
This was gritty, gripping and complex. Strong characters that grew over the course of the book. If this is not reflective of historical truth it sure as heck could be.
I couldn't even get thought this. I wanted to return it but felt since I'd read half of it I really shouldn't. I know Robb is beloved, but this isn't really one thing or the other. Not science fiction and not really set in the present enough to make Dallas a character like Warshawski.
The plot is fantastic as always. The writing is classic Nesbo...tough, brutal and real. But I can't hear anyone but Robin Sachs as Harry. Just as Eric Conger IS Virgil Flowers to me, so has Robin been Harry. His passing will be mourned. I love John Lee as a narrator of Follett books, but not Nesbo.
I really love Taylor's flawed character. The dialogue held the classic sort of Irish humor I'd hoped for. My only complaint is that I wished it had gone on longer.
The plot was OK, but seemed loose. Scott Brick's narration does nothing for this book. There is a smirky, condescending tone to his rendering.
I love Sanford AND Virgil, but this book simply seemed to far-fetched a plot premise and I felt much less in touch with the characters involved. I think Virgil dealing with crimes and characters that are somewhat indigenous to the Midwest make for a much better book.
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