The writing has extremely interesting with very creative banter that makes listening even more enjoyable. Great characters and great interaction. It's..Show More » a serious story with a good bit of situational humor. A smart crook with a conscience has to be funny sometimes but the other characters are equally as interesting. The narration sounded a little annoying at first, not your normal voice, but easy to get used to, quickly, and then you find out he is actually quite good. Excellent story and he makes the implausible plausible.
I blindly bought this book knowing nothing about the author or the character and was delighted with my choice. The narration is excellent and I prefer..Show More » it to the other narrator of Hallinan's books, though both are good, Berkrot gets the feel of the books just perfect.
The story is fun, face paced and filled with likable, outrageous characters. It is gritty but almost in a fun way like a James Bond film or good comic book. I'd say this is perfect summer or road trip reading. The story keeps you engaged and the plot just complex enough without being difficult to follow when heard aloud. (I often find books I'd otherwise have no difficulty with are harder to follow on a road trip.)
the plot follows two mysteries, the one about the "Little Elvises" and a side plot about a serial killer and a missing daughter of a friend. The "Little Elvises" mystery ends up being a little absurd but the serial killer side plot finishes off the book in an entirely satisfying manner.
So many authors write page turners that torture their main character, dragging you across emotional gravel until you come out bruised and exhausted at the end only to find a character you love has died and the book ends with the hero in limbo until the next absurdly long and tortuous book. I of course read the heck out of these as well but it is immensely satisfying to find a book that is compelling, without being tortuous, fun and that has a satisfying ending.
Just as much fun and just as little depth as a classic Bond film.
I have loved all of the Poke Rafferty books, which show us the extraordinary vista of Tim Hallinan's talent. On the other hand, I have read a couple o..Show More »f the Junior Bender books, and I have to ask, "Why?" Junior can't even be compared to Poke as a protagonist in any way. A burglar? That we are supposed to get interested in and enjoy following his exploits? His fellow low-life burglars, and his teacher, Herbie, the grandfather of burglars, who teaches crooks how to break into people's houses? What on earth could have made Tim seriously think that this would be an enjoyable read? I know there is humor, and the fact that he is getting recognized for the humor is all good. But it's just not for me.