The back-and-forth banter in this book is rapid-fire and always very, very clever. People go on for long stretches with nary an "uh" or "ya know". Eve..Show More »ry riposte is what you wish you'd said long after coming up tongue-tied in an exchange. I'll bet five minutes worth of dialog in this book took George Higgins hours to write, looking for the perfect bon mots, wise cracks, pacing, and timing.
That said, I loved it. If I want to hear people talk like my neighbor George I'll go talk to George. I know nobody talks like Higgins's characters, but they are fun to listen to.
The dialog sets the pace for the plot. It too is clever and very well-timed. Eccentric but completely believable characters abound. On finishing I immediately bought the next in the series, "Pennance for Jerry Kennedy", also narrated by Stephen Bowlby.
George Higgins put in too many details. I could not follow the story. I finally turned it off after two tries. I never did figure out why he spent ..Show More »the first chapter discussing cameras. What did the camera club have to do with the story. Who cares if the club has a potluck and who brought what. Maybe this was the story and I missed the point. Worse book I even downloaded!
I stopped listening to it a few hours in because it seemed to consist of a series of long monologues, like testimony and people telling long, rambling..Show More » stories. The characters behind these stories had their own identities and voices, so that much of it was enjoyable, but I just found my attention drifting too much.