This is a well written book, the dialog between the characters is written with depth and realism and I loved it. One comment on the characters, they a..Show More »re a quirky lot and are fun to follow as you listen to the story. This book reminds me of some of the early mystery writers, as I stated in my headline like Agatha Christie, not high on the body count or action hero stuff, more Nero Wolf style, which I like. I would say that if you like some of the early mystery writers of the 1900's then you will like this book a lot. If you like a well written mystery but have never read any of the early mystery writers then you will like this book and will find it a great gateway to some wonderful classics in the wold of mystery writing.
This series is very well written, the characters are wonderful and the chemistry between individuals is beautifully developed. I really like the deve..Show More »lopment of the main character and his "partner", it continues from the first novel and develops very well in this sequel. As in the first story the ending is a surprise and plausible although well concealed. There is more action in this story but it is the steady building tension that holds the readers interest. This is a well written book, it brings the reader into this community and makes you a part of the conversation more than being a spectator. A great find and highly recommended.
The character and plot development phase of this story is on the long side, some of the other reviewers could not make it through it, which is to bad ..Show More »because there is a payoff in the second half of the story. I like the dialog this author is able to write and I like the main character Alex McNight so the first half of the book was enjoyable to me. There are always twists and turns in the plotline toward the end of one of Hamilton's stories and they always leave you mentally off balance trying to keep up and this story is no different in that respect. This narrator is phenomenal for this series and in my past reviews I have neglected to mention how I felt about his part, as good as it gets. As the story finished this time I was filled with the sense that there should be more to the ending, although I did enjoy what I got. To sum things up I would say that there is more personal drama in this stories than the others and I did miss Alex's parter not playing as big a role as the last story as I have come to enjoy the chemistry between the two. Nevertheless, if you have been reading this series and come to this story do not hesitate, this is a great series so far and I have really enjoyed it.
By which I mean the narrator is overqualified for the material.
This is an OK mystery, but I had the feeling Steve Hamilton didn't put his al..Show More »l into it. Some of the scenes and plot elements seemed contrived, the dialog sounded a little stilted, and the denouement was vaguely unsatisfactory. I had no trouble putting it aside when something else wanted my attention. If you can apply the expression "page-turner" to an audiobook, this wasn't one of those. Nonetheless, it keeps the Alex McKnight series moving right along. And it's a sight better than that strange Hamilton novel (and Edgar winner!) "The Lock Artist".
Dan John Miller has risen rapidly up my list of favorite narrators. He and Grover Gardner are excellent at portraying the classic private eye, like Philip Marlowe or Nate Heller. Miller's talents are a bit wasted on this particular work, but that means he probably boosted the overall ranking up from 3 stars. On the down side, I don't really know the Canadian accent, and I'm not sure Dan John does either. Isn't there more to it than pronouncing "about" as "aboot"?
I was a little curious about the title. It comes from one line in one of the book's sub-plots, but it doesn't really have much to do with the main plot. It is sort of catchy sounding though, so maybe that's why.
You won't be disappointed, just not thrilled. It's worth a credit.
The books I have listened to by Steve Hamilton have all kept me entertained and wanting to hear more. Not all authors translate so well to audio and n..Show More »o doubt the narrator seals the deal with his skillful vocal talent.
I don't know why this was so enjoyable it may not be the greatest story in the world nor is it a literary tresure. It is some great storytelling.
..Show More »/>It didn't suffer from unbelievable plot twists it was a pleasurable experience start to finish. Never slow without forced action. Good character development.... I have to get more from this author.