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An setup for a series... I guess
on February 16, 2012
The book started out well enough, but by the time I was half way through, I just didn't care any longer. It seemed apparent that the author was too busy trying to set up characters for a series of books than making this one worth reading.
Yes, I want character development, but this whole book was character development with a bit of a mystery thrown in with little thought to trying to capture the reader with the actual mystery.
Nothing that got so much play in the story, the fact that Drumm was previously a school teacher was given as a reason for him being assigned to the case, but that meant nothing. Emily is clearly a set up for the future, because she served no purpose to this storyline, nor did the gambling alcoholic or the whiny female detective who felt slighted because she had to do the grunt work. All took up a lot of story time... with absolutely no purpose in advancing the story along.
And I am sorry, a detective with some sort of defect that makes him prone to malapropisms? That's not style or character... that's annoying.
I kept waiting for the story to get intriguing and to really pull me in. It never did. I guess I am supposed to be curious about what comes next for Nicholas Drumm. But by the time I was done... I just didn't care any more.