Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist, and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.
Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to uncover the secret that will save the dancer, maybe he can finally save himself.
©2013 Joanie McDonell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Joanie McDonell’s Bolero is an auspicious debut - sophisticated, stylish, and sexy. We shall be hearing a lot more about Nick Sayler, a disenchanted hero in the classic mode." (Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls)
The cliched gathering of comrades for the main character, the rich doctor/mentor, the savant/researcher, the buddy/detective along with the private investigator with a sordid past were one of the weakest aspects of this story. Additionally, far too much time was spent bemoaning the main characters sad lost love. The weakest point of all is the lack of momentum. Since almost all the action occurs either in the past or "off-page" there is no excitement, no tension, no need to keep reading/listening because it doesn't feel like the story is trying to go somewhere.
As editor, I would delete all of the flash-back chapters about the main character's old girlfriend as well as almost all the long, tiresome paragraphs of her throughout the book. They merely slow down the pace of the story and are so cliched that they don't contribute anything towards making Nick a unique or interesting protagonist.
This is what I will dub "A Pretty Good' story. I did enjoy the story and the characters, but the author seemed to be crowding information all the time. Slayer would be in the middle of asking some guy a question, and we'd get a whole slue of background material, about something in that characters past. It's quite overwhelming at times, as the story flies away on one tangent or another. Like when a little kid gets started telling a story, and becomes so excited, everything just runs together, while you forget what started the story in the first place.(If that makes any sense) It's just hard to put into words what I didn't like about the book, maybe instead of character development, this book has character over-development.
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I couldn't get past the first five chapters.
I didn't get that far.
I've been an action/mystery fan for years and will continue to be. This book bored me to tears in the first two chapters; I couldn't continue after the fifth chapter.
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