I liked this book to start with. The characters are well developed and while the plot is somewhat complex and tends to wander, it doesn't lose you. For me the book droned on too long, too many flashbacks and there seemed to be no real limit to what magic the main character could use. Great book for an epic road trip.
Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, cabinet maker and horseracing fanatic, gets a call from the past, several in fact. If he’d only pick up his messages more often. An old client, one he doesn’t remember, wants to talk. Danny Mckillop is dead by the time Jack finds him.
The McKillop case is one from Jack’s drinking days and as he looks into the matter, guilt over having failed to represent the man properly, to question the confession, takes root and won’t let go.
This was a complex plot easily told. Jack Irish, who’s not Irish at all, delivers as a rough and tumble lawyer out running down the cold trail of a case no one wants dragged into the light. Great action and language, the secondary characters come to life. Very enjoyable story.
Harry is finally working towards an even footing in life. He's as close to financially solvent as he has been in a while, thanks in part to an appearance on a local talk show.
At the talk show he meets a vampire general from the Red Court who wants Harry to agree to a duel to stop the war he started and a priest who needs Harry's help recovering a holy relic, the shroud of Turin.
There's no avoiding the duel, and Harry being Harry, agrees to look into the shroud when his long distance sort of but not quite ex-girlfriend Susan Rodriguez, one time journalist now half Red Court vampire, walks back into this life with a warning. Don't duel.
What's not to like about a Dresden novel? There was a lot of heart, endings and beginnings in this book. Loved it.
This is part memoir, part advice. The beginning is a beautifully written history of King's beginnings as a writer. I'm not an avid reader of King's works and I found this part provocative as well as entertaining. I came away with a greater appreciation of King as a writer and I loved that he narrated it himself.
The beginning of this story grabs you and pulls you in. It's refreshing to have a male urban fantasy hero that's in a stable, if unconventional, relationship. The supernaturals in this story are bad and unredeemed and Ring dispatches them with no remorse. His coworkers and partners, Risa and Wally, bring individual talents, strengths, and reasons for pursuing this calling to the team. The characters are well built, believable and the plot is riveting.
The story is told from Ring's point of view. The close relationship between the three protagonists Ring, Risa and Wally allows for a well rounded, fully developed modern alpha male that really is a joy to 'read'. The action and lineup of bad guys (and girls) are non stop.
The performance of the Narrator was impressive. I tend not to like female voices, the high pitch begins to grate after a while, but this female voice was a firm alto and she handled the male portions of the story very well. Loved her.
The prologue makes a statement to the effect that the public's outrage and tendency to vote out long standing politicians when angered, thereby making the political situation worse (Americans, get out of the way and let the professionals handle this) is in direct conflict with the next statement that republicans voted down their own bill because the president liked it - McCain being one of them. McCain is far from being a junior member of Congress who was newly voted in and creating havoc due to inexperience.
The problem is simple: Politics has become a self-serving job for those involved, not a public service. They're in office to support their party, not the American people. While the authors of this book definitely understand how this dysfunctional system works (or doesn't), they're too close to that system to offer a real solution. The fingers are still pointing. It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see how the author feels about those troublesome people who keep quoting the Constitution. The American public is in the way - they just don't understand what the democrats are trying to accomplish.
This was one fantastic suspense mystery! I don't read reviews before I listen or read a book, so I had only the flap description to work with. I started the story thinking it was going to be a ghost story. Nope. This is the tenant situation you dream of; low rent, good neighbors - and if you've ever wanted to go through an abandoned house just to see what was there, you're set. This is your story. Happy treasure hunting!
There are issues with the story that you'll notice, or should, if you are a professional reviewer. As a reader, I was thoroughly enthralled. It wasn't until I started writing this review that some of the issues reared their little heads at me. I'll give them a pass. This is a sit-back-and-enjoy-the -ride book.
It wasn't until near the end when I looked at the computer that it hit me - one narrator. Male and female characters, multiple of each - and they sounded like unique people. This work may turn me into a narrator groupie. Ray Porter was phenomenal!
This being the 18th Stephanie Plum book I've read there was no question I'd like it. I'll like the 19th one. What I would love...is Stephanie picking a man!
I watched the first season on TV before I read the books and worried I'd be bored. I wasn't. The books are what they should be; much better than the show, and there's no comparison. The world building is believable, including the context in which 'normal' people interact with Harry while he's immersed in other-world business. The main character has depth and considering he's a wizard, doesn't come off as contrived. He's the boy next door who happens to know real magic in a world that mostly thinks he's nuts.
Harry Dresden consults with the police department on 'irregular' cases via a detective Murphy. While Murph won't say she believes in all this, she keeps asking for his help, demanding information in a format she can put in a report, which would not include 'the perp stood in a circle across town chanting'. Harry can't always explain what he sees due to restrictions imposed by the Witches Council concerning interactions with humans. Harry is already on the outs with the Council due to a dark event in his past and he can't afford to push things any further that direction while he's trying to make the rent.
If you like the genre, you'll love this.
This is a slow, easy story that reminds me of a modern day Miss Marple. The mystery revolves around the lost member of a royal family and hidden identities, all a little far-farfetched for me but the character building is well done and I found myself listening for that reason, even though I didn't care a fig for how the case ended.
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