An exciting new voice....John Hakala's "Seasoned Greetings" expertly captures the feel of police work, trading in the stock market, and still brings our attention to some of the dangers of the import food business. Can you think of a more prevailing set of issues? Great fun to read with just the right dose of pepper to spice it up.
Hakala's Seasoned Greetings was a fun romp, but I believe it could have been a much tighter book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it--it was just all over the place.
The book starts with a focus in Boston and the random crimes committed against homeless women. Female cop Tracy is determined to get to the bottom of the case. We also have Thornton, a securities analyst who is an unsuccessful gambler and is trying to pay his debts. Insider training could prove to be his salvation. Only the "sure thing" business deal goes haywire, leading to chaos.
I felt that the story had such great potential, and I stuck with the book for that reason. The story was enjoyable, only it was all over the place. We went from one state to another. Random characters were being introduced, never to be heard from again. A multi-state task force ended after minimal presentation, and I thought they were on their lunch break only to never reconvene again.
Part of the "whodoneit" the reader figures out very early on, only there is a fantastic twist in it that leads you to question much about your everyday life as well. Once the climax of the book was reached in the last few chapters, I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down. The action sequences were great, and very enjoyable.
I think my overall sense of dissatisfaction comes from the jumpiness of the plot until we get to the climax. Still, was a fun read, and leaves you with something to think about!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
John Hakala's Seasoned Greetings is enjoyable and easy reading, but there are a couple of things about it that set it apart from many in the genre. Hakala's writing is quite good, with a few bad guys, one or two good ones, and plenty of action. The difference is the timeliness of the topics around which the plot revolves. An author's note at the end of the book describes Hakala's interest in food additives, and makes clear he feels there are potential significant risks to the way bid food producers inject substances into what we eat. This concern is what fuels his novel, with stops along the way in Atlantic City gambling, weird Wall Street insider trading, and a seemingly disconnected series of rapes all over the Eastern seaboard. There is plenty of action, frequent changes of scene and characters, some comedy for laughs, enough pure craziness to keep things moving at a good clip, and ultimately a fun read with a taste of real threat.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author gave depth to the characters and they really came to life for me.
Tracy, a cop from Boston, didn't accept the reports of rape that other officers reported because they were homeless women. She felt they weren't any less important because they were homeless. While investigating these rapes, she came across the cause of the rise in rapes and fell into the plot to poison most of the food produced. Solly came to her rescue several times during the course of her investigation. And turned out to be a big help in foiling the plot to poison the food.
Thornton Walsh, a Wall Street securities analyst, became involved when he was black mailed to re-pay his gambling debt to an Atlantic Casino. He and Tracy wanted different pursuits but joined together to help each other out & get what they want.
I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to read it till the end. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my review.
This is an excellent, well written work which is fast paced, entertaining, and kept me spellbound for hours. The author ingeniously weaves current technology with greed and comes up with a formula for a truly novel approach to a novel.