This is a pretty good novella that was stretched into a novel with entirely too much filler. The shooting scene exiting the hospital is repeated at least four times, (seems like a hundred) and other meaningless details drone on and on. Scott Brick, as always, does an excellent job with unfortunately very poor material. My son and I are real Griffin fans, and I have read all of his series' more than once. Sure do hope this particular book is not an example of what to expect in the future.
The actual storyline is fairly short. Unfortunately, all of the oft repeated filler material dominates the book.
Brick brings the characters to life. I can visualize Matt Payne and each of the others as they move through the story.
Some repetition is necessary to emphasize a particular segment or scene in any book, but the constant repetition and minute details in this book actually get boring.
I hope Griffin reverts to his previous writing style. He remains overall (despite this bomb) my favorite author.
I was really disappointed. The first eight or nine hours slog through the humdrum daily activities of almost any trial lawyer. The last two or three hours are an exciting read.
My wife and I are both Michael Connelly fans. We have either read or listened to all of the Harry Bosch series, and five of his Mickey Haller series. The Gods of Guilt was downright boring for the first several hours, but then built to an exciting climax toward the end. We did not think the first half of this book was up to Michael Connelly's standards. (Ghost writer perhaps?)
Peter Giles's performances are always very good. His portrayal of various characters and voice inflections keep his books interesting.
NO, I would not buy a follow-up for the reasons listed above.
I have been a Patricia Cornwell fan for years, and have read almost all of her books. I wonder if she has retired and is using a ghost writer for this book? It is without a doubt, the most boring book I have ever listened to. It is loaded with filler discriptions that add nothing to the story. I am sorry I purchased this one, but when she publishes a new one, I'll try one more time. Maybe the next one wil be better.
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