Woodrell has an excellent ear for dialogue. His settings are first rate. And he writes a good yarn. My only complaint is that most, if not all of the characters speak with the same voice, using the same colloquialisms.
This is one of Ian McEwan'sbest The interplay between legal arguments and personal ones is magic.
Also the narrator is better than excellent. She captures the voice of the teen ager, who Has a profound effect on the judge. Very psychological.
The author should have selected a significant person in the story, in order to develop a point of view - Rosemary Woods would have been a good choice.
Pavone goes off on too many tangents with descriptions that do not further the direction of the story. He seems to like phrases that run after each other without a point, other than to inform the reader that he knows a lot of trivia.
Histrionic, too many awkward similes. Author doesn't know if she wants to write a romance, science fiction or non-fiction. Needs editing.
US is the best book I have read in a long time. I am a very fussy reader and return almost as many as I keep. David Haig is a master of dialog, making subtle adjustments for younger characters. When will the next book by David Nichols be available?
Adam Johnson is a fantastic writer, in the full sense of the word. I look forward to his next book.
Excellent characterization and setting. Up until the end, the story was believable. The ending however was poorly constructed and hard to believe. Begley is less convincing when he tries to make nice.
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