Nationally best-selling author Michael McGarrity's Slow Kill is a stunning addition to an Anthony Award-nominated series the New York Times hails as "robust".
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©2004 Michael McGarrity; (P)2005 Recorded Books
"Guidall reading a book is like having Michael Jordan on your basketball team: you already know it's going to be great." (AudioFile)
I really wanted to like McGarrity's stories but they just don't have an ending,,, except that he stops writing.
The characters are engaging (if a little two dimensional) but the crime (in this case anyway) is convoluted and unlikely.
George Guidall is the saving grace. His performance let me give this book more stars than I would have without him.
I think this is my 3rd McGarrity book but there won't be a fourth. I'm truly sorry Mr. McGarrity -- I really did try.
Mr. McGarrity knows how to keep a story moving along, but this one lacks the memorable lines and insights that separate good from great.
Good character development and use of sub plots. Guidall's narration is always a plus.
McGarrity is as good as John Sanford and Tony Hillerman and better than Craig Johnson.
reading the whole series, this story just adds more flavor to the character
not all of the time... but the story was a great flow.
Tell the story
I'm not sure who would enjoy a play-by-play of everything from what kind of tie a "non-character" wore, to changing a baby's diaper, to what the detective's wife (who the reader doesn't know from Eve) is doing at work. If one has a low tolerance for irrelevant filler this story will drive you mad. If filler is ok with you as long as it adds ambiance, this story will make you ill.
My mind needed a little refreshment so I'm listening to Lee Child's "The Hard Way.
Mr Guidall sounded like he had poorly fitted false teeth much of the time. He did a good job keeping the character's voices straight. If he does have false teeth, I will leave the subject to him and his dentist. If not, leave the whistling saliva voice out.
There were some very good ideas to form interesting stories around, but each died a slow, slooow death.
There are some authors who should not go anywhere with a tape recorder or dictation software. I think McGarrity is one. He seems to think that minutia is interesting and good writing. It's not. Giving the reader a short history lesson is ok to set the stage, or if it is relevant to the story; but to do it for passing scenery, roadside stops, and suburbs is just lazy filler.
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