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Detective story that kept me interested, with its unexpected changes in direction and surprises around corners. This is the first Brown novel I've read (heard two of his radio shows before listening to the novel), and it makes me want to read more. Seems like all the novels show the average, normal person as being intelligent, capable, and good -- though, in this novel, some of the women seemed a little sexually promiscuous and to have no ambition; seemed only the men in the story had ambition and a work ethic. But, that's how some women are. Be nice to see some contrast to know Brown did not take a dark view of women -- but then the novel would have had to have been rewritten. And the view did not detract from the story too much, anyway; the women are not made out to be bad, just not as good as some really are. Still worth a listen. Oh, the ending might have been better and a little more climatic, too. But the story is about, as the novel is titled,
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