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5.0 out of 5 starsBest Brock book yet!
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019
I like every book that Rosenfelt has written, and this one is great. I loved the crossover of characters from the Andy Carpenter books as a humorous sidebar. The plot in "Black and Blue" certainly gives an unforseen twist at the end. The story kept me guessing and interested throughout. This is an exceptionally good book. I also highly recommend the Andy Carpenter books. If you like dogs, you'll love Rosenfelt's two non-fiction books "Dogtripping" and "Lessons From Tara". The non-fiction books are stories from the dog rescue experiences of Rosenfelt's life. Read them all!
3.0 out of 5 starsExactly what I expected, which is the problem.
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
This is ok. If you’ve read a lot of DR’s books, they all look and feel the same after a while. I’ll probably take a long break. But I just wanted to share a pet peeve. In this series, the author insists on constant fat jokes between the main character and his partner. I get it’s guy humor and they’re having fun with each other, but it feels really dated and not even remotely funny. Fat shaming is a thing, David, and you seem really tone deaf in this series.
I was first drawn to Rosenfelt's books by his Andy Carpenter series. I'm a serious dog lover, so they fit me well. But I have found that all of his books are just plain awesome. I love his characters. I love the plot lines. I love how he reaches solutions. I love that each of his stories is different, but the characters are familiar old friends. The books never bore - I think the term unputdownable is a perfect definition of Rosenfelt's books - all of them. This one is no different. Fascinating plot with humor, scary moments, happy moments and a perfect understanding of human nature with all its faults and blessings. And my blessings always come the day a new Rosenfelt book comes out.
4.0 out of 5 starsHero cop with partial amnesia returns to work with trusted colleagues
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
Interesting concept for Doug, the cop, to return to duty, yet experiencing amnesia. While the void in his memory appears in early parts of the story, a concluding assessment at the end would say more about progress or lack thereof. The banter between the partners as well as between Doug and his fiancee (all three work together) contains friendly put downs and much humor. Andy Carpenter as attorney holds a celebration of life for his client and client's daughter. However, it took me half a day to think about the plot and why these two were innocent. The innocence helped Doug to resolve potential guilt over having not done enough to solve the original murder which launched the story line. Good to know that Doug and Jessie's canine, Bobo, protected Doug's life. Previously, I read three Andy Carpenter books.
I like this series! I think I like it even more than the Andy Carpenter series. I have always preferred police procedural books more than lawyer books, and Andy has been getting more annoying lately. I do think, if possible, the books should be read in order to understand what happened to him (amnesia) and how he coped with that and the ongoing effect on his job.
This was a well-written, engaging book with a great story, good twists and action. I really like the main characters, even if Doug and Jessie are clones of Andy and Laurie. That is a little one note, but I think Mr. Rosenfelt backed off on Doug's silliness just a tad with this book as opposed to the last one.
I have read many of David Rosenfelt's books and enjoyed them all. This was a good third book with Doug Brock and these particular characters. Engaging story with a good twist at the end. I also enjoyed the Andy Carpenter crossover of characters. This was such a fun read and consistent with other books by this author.
I had been a long time fan of John D. Macdonald's Travis Mcgee, Ian Flemming's James Bond and discovered Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, Patricia Cornwell, Tess Gerritson along the way to finding David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter. I managed to devour at least 10 books back to back before finding Michael Connolly's Bosch series and Rebecca Forster's Witness series. This was the first Doug Brock thrillers I've read and look forward to more from this wonderful author. These writers are great company.
I liked the story and the characters were interesting. I wish the editor had been a little more on top of his game. There were too many places where misspelling or poor grammar interrupted the flow of the narrative. But even with those flaws the book was good enough to earn 4 stars from me.