©2009 Bryan Gruley; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"[Starvation Lake] deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River" (Booklist, starred review)
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
The plot and writing were tedious and dull.The plot is paper thin and padded with play hy play hockey games. Instead of tension, the author caused the cardboard characters to stutter endlessly. The only reason I hot through this was the outstanding narration.
I know that there's a story hidden in there somewhere but it's lost behind characters with no appeal, interminable and terrible descriptions of the game of hockey as well as a lousy narrator. While there is no reason to rush through the story, getting bogged down in this as well as detailed descriptions of how many ingredients are on each forkful of the narrator's egg pie is just too much. There is more flab in this writing that in a lawyer's letter.
I doubt it.
I would cut MOST of the juvenile descriptions of hockey, in part because they are written by someone who has no feel for the game and in part because they add nothing to the story.
It's a great tale, unfortunately the reader seemed very slow - didn't really fit with my personal taste in readers. There would be extremely long (almost painful) pauses in between dialog occasionally. It was a little strange. But it's a great story.
I understood that this novel had won an Edgar award - and they rarely let me down. I tried four times to get involved with this story and I never even finished the first part of the tape. It is very focused on hockey, too. That probably only annoyed me because I was so bored.
Lawyer/law professor , I'm interested in science, history, literature. I can tolerate a bad movie, but not bad writing. I read to learn .
Far too much high school hockey "glory years" and if you write mystery I would expect that you would have some knowledge of criminal law, police procedures, misdemeanors versus felonies, warrants & do you think police have time & resources to have roadblocks & manhunts for insignificant misdemeanors? Purloining telephone messages?
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
Bryan Gruley has written a very good mystery book set in a dark, cold setting perfect for the mystery that centers around a small town and hockey. I must admit, I know little about the sport of hockey, but the author's love of the sport is very evident and I learned a lot from his story-telling. The author is an extremely talented author. His words kept me interested even when I questioned whether I wanted to continue with the subject matter. Ultimately, I am glad I did because it turns out to be a very timely story for sports, coaches, recent news. The narrator did a very good job.
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