©2005 Ed McBain; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A swift, cleverly plotted story line, sassy dialogue and a well-drawn, resilient heroine make this gripper a hands-down success. As one of our most prolific and talented writers, McBain appears to have struck gold once again." (Publishers Weekly)
This book is for the simple minded. The police and FBI are portrayed as not very bright which does a disservice to them. The plot can be seen through easily and the red herrings are pathetic. This is one book I wish I had not wasted the money to buy and the time to listen.
If you like Ed McBain, and I do, you'll love this listen. The narrator does a fine job and the snappy characters and cynical story carry the novel. I also enjoyed being in Florida, where this novel takes you -- I always marvel at McBain's ability to place the reader/listener in both place and time.
This was a most enjoyable book. I have gotten McBain books before and have enjoyed them all. Hold your nose at some of the inane political comments sprinkled throughout and you will like the story. It would have been a 5 star without the politics.
I have never been disappointed by an Ed McBain book, and this was no exception. I have about 30 minutes left to listen to and will get on the treadmill just to listen.
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