I was just waking up. I could hear 12 midnight being chimed in the distance. I was cold, wet, and coming down from the DTs. I looked up and could see the underneath of a wharf above me.
And that was just the beginning.
Jonas Watcher had no memory of how he got there. As he started climbing up the ladder to the wharf, he found he was tangled in some sort of net. Suddenly a large heavy object dropped onto him and he fell into the bay still snared by the net, which had also captured the object. Luckily, the weight of the object had tightened the net, so he was able to pull himself out of the water and climb up to the wharf.
After resting on the wharf, he examined the object and saw that it was a bag with latches. When he opened it, he found some things that propelled him into the middle of a mystery involving, well, you'll have to listen to the book to find out what.
It is San Francisco during the 1930s, and Jonas Watcher must solve The Case of the Running Bag if he wants to stay alive.
©2016 Gene Poschman (P)2016 Gene Poschman
I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
Did not like the narrator’s hesitating rhythm, almost like reading a facts list. Strange characterizing.
The story line was unrealistic and unlikely. The main character is a drunk who wakes up on a dock, gets hit by a bag (apparently on purpose, why?) The bag has money, a gun and PI’s business card. (who wants to throw away money and a gun?) Then he just goes to the PI’s office and takes over the man’s job. Kills a strange guy in the office (with the gun he got from the bag) and the police is just so happy for his help? Does not worry about where the PI has gone, the stranger in his office, the unregistered gun? Really?
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I loved this book. When it first started, I was uncertain about the narrator's voice: the deep, gravelly tones suited the story well. But there were odd little pauses here and there ... it didn't sound like the smooth performances more usually heard. But as the tale progressed, I realised how wrong I was and how perfectly the whole production suited the character.
For this is the story of how Jonas Watcher, an ex soldier, now full time drunk, literally falls into (or was hit by) his first job and becomes a private eye. Told as if by Watcher himself, Philip Marlow style, this might not be literary genius but is certainly a well written and often wry humoured detective noire. And Pete Ferrand simply becomes Jonas in the reading. O.K. his other character voices can be surprising but they are distinctive in conversation and all add to the enjoyment of the story.
My deep thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of The Case of the Running Bag. Good mystery story, great characters with depth and personality and an enjoyable narration. And even funny, too. Yes, I loved it and would recommend it to anyone. Plus I will be looking out for more in this Jonas Watcher series.
The publisher's blurb is interesting, but not in the same ballpark as this mystery. The woman is not Brigit from the Maltese Falcon, and she does not do the come on. The Lieutenant is a stand up guy, and the PI turns his life around right quick and shows more smarts than the opening pages might indicate. And yes, the three sisters/fates have an excellent sense of humor. Well written in the noir style, this is a book not to be missed. No spoilers.
I got the audio, and Pete Ferrand is good for this one. He has the kind of gravelly baritone that is well suited, and the odd pauses sometimes, but they do seem in character with the personages. Great read!
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I love the multiple dimensions that books offer as a place to dwell for moments or the end of time.
I enjoyed the story and was immediately captivated and liked the ending... reminded me of old style detective story, like Chandler. The narration style spoiled it for me with strange pauses and emphasis. A good voice, just not for this book. I will look for the next book in the series but not an audio book if it's the same narrator. I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review... And happily discovered great new author.
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