This seemed like a pretty good thriller, with three separate sub-plots (maybe 4) until it got to the denouement -- which wrapped it up WAY too neatly and VERY implausibly. It also made one of the subplots (about a bizarre plot to frame a senator for murder) completely irrelevant as nearly as I could tell. Characters were only of modest interest -- it is mostly plot driven -- and, given the way the plot wrapped up, I am probably over-rating it at 2 stars. I will not try this author again.
She was in the background -- no strong impresson
Escape to the morgue
Mattie was a strong character -- and there were a reasonable number of characters in this book
Top 15 or 20 percent
Very solid throughout
Good guy wins
Well-crafted story that seemed to have a solid basis in reality. The trajectory of "the director" (the person) was too fast to be plausible. No one could grasp a job like that as quickly as the book suggested -- even with the help of his "moles." But I was disappointed when it ended.
Cut out some of the ambushes. There were way too many of those -- requiring too much suspension of disbelief.
Multiple voices very effectively handled.
When Livvy walked out of the courtroom -- but that was WAY late.
Too man y characters, many of them flat. Only really strong character in my opinion was the newspaper publisher. Lead character/writer had too much of an existential crisis to be very plausible as an action hero.
Good story with interesting characters and reasonable back-stories. Fully engaging but not tense. In general, a good read. I am downloading another one of this series.
Maybe in the middle, but of a certain type it ranks high. Rosenfelt's books are entertaining.
No. The overall tone of a Rosenfelt book is such that you know it will work out fine in the end -- but remain interested in how that happens.
His somewhat odd voice is perfect for Rosenfelt's writing. He captures what I think is the spirit of the books.
Not that I remember, but I am writing this review a good many weeks (and mysteries) later.
I will continue to read or listen to Rosenfelt for light entertainment. Maybe a guy's version of chick lit....
Jennifer Cruisie is the best laugh-out-loud writer I have found. I think it is chick lit and I am a guy, not a chick, but I LOVE her stuff. Starting a book and knowing that it will have a lovable and much-loved dog and lots of laugh-out-loud scenes is always a joy.
Jennifer Cruisie's other books. Light romantic plot with some adventure and a dog tossed in and lots of entertainment.
Not that I recall.
I laughed a lot.
Having said all of that, I actually like a couple of her earlier books better -- just got a copy of Welcome to Temptation to give to my hair stylist (female), who likes chick lit and likes laughing -- my book on tape version of that was shared with so many people that it long ago disappeared. .
It had been a LONG time since I had read Graham Greene. This book made me glad that I had returned and led me to read or listen to two or three others immediately -- and I will do more.
The power of the characters as woven into the plot.
Not sure I can pick one.
I was ready to cry as it finished. We were listening in the car and I turned to my wife and said, 'That is not just fiction. It is too powerful." That led me to read some biographical information on Greene which confirmed that in fact the affair was probably based on one in his own life. Normally on a long car trip I finish one book on tape and start the next one. I could not start another one for a good while after finishing this -- I wanted silence.
I try to be positive in general, but for me to give something 5 stars across the board is VERY unusual. Highly recommended.
This was my first in this series and I liked it enough that I will try another.
None that come to mind, but I have read four mysteries since then and it can be hard to remember.
Not that I can recall.
The Nitty Gritty of Law Practice (that is not very good but all that I can come up with at the moment)
No. Not that interesting.
Yes. Her leading characters are interesting and grow over the series. The plots vary, but she always provides good material for long car trips.
Bobbie, the lead character.
No. Not that challenging.
This plot was a little less credible than some of hers -- the Secretary of Defense manipulating a state cop in Maryland was weird, and the prosecutors' motives did not make much sense -- they should have dropped the case much earlier.
I was on a two-day car trip and it kept me awake for much of the trip, so that was good.
Plot was VERY contrived. Two educated people put themselves in ridiculous peril repeatedly with no back-up plan -- no one knowing where they were going or when they should be back. I can suspend my disbelief for one or two instances of that, but 8 or 10 in one book is WAY over the top. Parts of the plot were interesting and somewhat credible (use of drugs to control soldiers' behavior and reactions), but some of the activities that supposedly took place on military bases were beyond the pale. And the author's grasp of the American court system was thin at best -- he should have done more homework or just cut the courtroom scenes.
Not that I know of, but i would not turn away from his readings -- he rendered what he had just fine.
Not read or listen to Michael Palmer again.
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