The protagonist in this book has virtually no redeeming qualities. He is not brave or smart and is constantly whining. He is constantly flying off th..Show More »e handle with little provocation and has more hang-ups than a telemarketer. When stalked by a homicidal maniac, he leaves his gun and flashlight laying around where he can't find them. He is so pathetic it is hard to root for him and difficult to understand why any of the supporting characters care about him at all.The author seems to be in love with himself and drags the predicable plot to the pace of a funeral procession by going off on descriptive prose tangents that appear to have no other purpose but to insert projects from his last writers clinic.There was one funny part when the protagonist's now deceased partner described how boring baseball is. Maybe that was a metaphor for the book itself but one laugh does not a book make.
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.
Perhaps it is the monotone drone of the narration. Perhaps it is the convoluted, nonsensical plot. Or the contrived, implausible dialogue.
..Show More »The protagonist, a dim-witted, spineless moron is buffeted about by a cast of room-tempeture IQed dupes and a band of psychopathic, murderous gypsies in the mysterious beach town at the end of the road by the the fabulous real estate parcel, all engage in the end game. Only no one knows what the winner gets.
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.
I often wonder why publishers would change narrators in the middle of a series when the original narrator is fantastic. If you have read my previous ..Show More »reviews of Steve Hamilton's work in this series this review is going to surprise you. I could barely get through this story the narration was so horrible - Jim Bond destroys this book - period. The accent for Vinny and the woman from Canada besides sounding like they are being read to a first grade audience also sound like they are androids, or aliens from a "B" sci fi space movie - and if you do listen to this story and hear them you will see what I mean, it is so annoying and terrible it is almost funny except you are cringing the whole time. Rarely have I recommended not continuing with a series because of the narration but on this occasion I would. Up to this point the stories and narration have been well done, but from this point on it goes downhill like a double black diamond ski slope.
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.
While this is the first audiobook of his that I've read, I'm a fan of Steve Hamilton, and have enjoyed his other books. I still have two to read yet.
..Show More » I was distracted and annoyed by the narrator's strange dialects for Canadian and Indian characters; even stranger-sounding attempts at female voices.
I would have preferred a straight reading, without the voice "acting". In one instance, dramatic whispers were very difficult to understand, even when I replayed that section with increased volume.
There are a couple more Hamilton books I've been looking forward to, but I have serious doubts of buying audio books of they're narrated by the same person.
When I'm choosing to read an entertaining book, not a classic or non-fiction, just a fun, light read, I expect to be entertained, surprised, and at le..Show More »ast occasionally on the edge of my seat. Misery Bay did none of that for me. The one "twist" was slow in developing, obvious, and clunky. There was no action, no suspense.
I liked the main character, I was rooting for him, but even the friendship and the romance that were possibilities were, well, I just say "lame" so I don't spoil anything.
My favorite character was his friend who works in the movie theater and there wasn't enough of him.