The eighth book in the Sam McCain mystery series, Ticket to Ride is a slice of small-town American pie served up with something more cynical and real than ice cream. John McClain’s wry voice and emotional characterization of dialogue lends Ed Gorman’s achievement of a novel a charm and emotional pitch that draws the listener right in. The larger political story of the 1960s is the backdrop to this story of a small-town lawyer asked to defend a would-be murderer that he doesn’t particularly like. The story never succumbs to stereotype and McClain’s voice bolsters the literary merit of this intelligent mystery.
For small-town, Iowa lawyer, Sam McCain, the year 1965 is not a sweet one. His father is gravely ill. His elitist boss is just coming out of rehab. And, the brilliant lawyer he hoped to start a relationship with has gone back to her husband.
Still, McCain tries to enjoy himself during the town's Labor Day weekend party, reuniting with several old friends - until two of them are murdered for what seems to be a motive buried in the past...
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Much like the 50s, Gorman's series was not wildly exciting. But the quick reads captured the flavor of mid-west mentality, and provided a bully pulpit to expound on his own political bent. Entertaining and amusing, and brilliantly narrated by Bronson Pinchot (and to a lesser extent Allen Robertson), by the time I reached this installment, I realized Gorman was using a modern-day sensibility to depict politically conservative characters as almost one-dimensional. One takes the good with the bad, but in this case, the bad was overwhelming. The narrator is HORRIBLE! Don't waste your money or your credits!! The good news is that Joe Barrett, who narrates the last two installments, is almost as good as Bronson Pinchot.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McLain?
Bronson Pinchot, Allan Robertson or Joe Barrett.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?