A new millennium of Chicago crime...
Chicago has always been a hotbed for violence, crime, and political corruption. Four governors served prison sentences; two of them were sentenced to longer jail sentences than their terms of office. There are always more crimes than cops.
During prohibition, Detective Tug Collier created the "Widows and Orphans Fund", a euphemism for graft money. That fund eventually financed a private investigative agency known as Taylor Street. When a case involving violence is closed for lack of evidence, the police department refers the case to the private detectives of Taylor Street who use alternative crime-fighting techniques.
Frankie Turk and Lola Lahti were suspended for using excessive violence in the pursuit of justice. So they were the perfect detectives to investigate the murder of the husband of a wealthy young widow who owns Chicago's hottest night spot, Club Red. Join Chicago's most interesting crime-fighting couple as they investigate The Taylor Street File of Red Cin.
While I’m not a proponent of vigilante justice, especially not when it has, if even indirectly, the approval and backing of official law enforcement, I did enjoy this book, because the premise was presented and carried out extremely well. The case was maze like in its complexity, but the writer managed to keep everything fairly straight, so that while I was often befuddled, I wasn’t actually confused. Granted I saw the outlines of the resolution before that resolution occurred, but not *how* it would happen.
One of the things that hooked me and kept me reading was the marvelous character development. Each person in this book is well developed, multi dimensional, and when not sympathetic, interesting. There are some surprise “heroes” here, too, and the 2 main characters are humanly complicated. The writing is excellent. The author has a strong voice, leavened with a dry, often sarcastic sense of humor.
This is a very enjoyable mystery/adventure, but it also touches on more serious issues, without ever allowing them to overshadow the story.
I have found, generally, that authors do NOT make good narrators, since writing and narrating require 2 very different skill sets, so my rule of thumb is to avoid books narrated by their authors, usually by several miles. However, every rule must have exceptions to prove it, and the narration provided by the author of this book is just such an exception. The author provided a skilled, expressive narration, with perfect pronunciation and character voicing. In fact, knowing that the author was the narrator, I had to check several times to make sure that was correct. I was, and not only can Mr. Cerny write, but he can narrate, both impeccably!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.
This was a very typical story and just OK narration. A little repetitious and the narrators voice was a bit irritating at times. Generally, it was worth a try, some will like it more than I did
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I was provide a copy of the Audiobook of The Taylor Street File of Red Cin in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad JoBe offered his work to me. I honestly can't think of a time I have enjoyed a book so much that wasn't any type of Urban Fantasy or Romance.
What other book might you compare Taylor Street File of Red Cin to and why?
When I was younger I use to watch the show Columbo with my folk's and this novel just brought back those memories. Not that I remember them too clearly, considering I was under 10 at the time. But this novel just had that feel. Not too gritty, yet full of mystery and suspense but at the same time funny to the point of laughing out loud. I really loved everything about it.
What about JoBe Cerny’s performance did you like?
I think JoBe did a fantastic job of bringing his characters to life and giving them so much depth that you can feel their emotions. This isn't my normal genre and I am really looking forward to the next long trip with my husband having a great audio book to share because I know he will love it too!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
So I will have to say this is a great big 5 for me with a side of I really hope there are more Taylor Street Files in the future because I am a fan!...Sara
Would you consider the audio edition of Taylor Street File of Red Cin to be better than the print version?
Yes, I love listening to books.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
It kept me guessing. Towards the end, I began figuring out who killed her husband so when it was revealed, I was not surprised.
What does JoBe Cerny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I liked her style
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it was too long to listen to in one setting.
Any additional comments?
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.