- File Size: 918 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Grand Mal Press (September 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005MR3FFI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Haftmann's Rules: A Serial Killer Noir Novel Kindle Edition
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reviewed by Nickolas Cook
Thanks to the modern overabundance of high tech tools, writing an exciting hard boiled detective narrative like those penned by such authors as Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald or Ross MacDonald, has these days become quite a challenge. I know from experience the sheer time and effort a truly conscientious writer must put into such a labor, if he intends his narrative to read realistic as possible. If one tries to meet the modern definition of contemporary, then one must take into account the advent of technology which makes the old style of hard boiled detectives somewhat anachronistic. After all, with the mass of easily accessible technology devoted to spying and keeping watch over our property, person and fellowman, for what we can only pray are altruistic ends, the sort of old world gumshoe private dicks the above authors once wrote about so convincingly are really out of their league against such seemingly omniscient observation and modern information gathering tools of the trade. The challenge is, of course, to still hand over the goods expected by the sort of hard boiled fiction fan who will most likely read White's "Haftmann's Rules", while still keeping at least one foot in the reality of such a world where these tools do exist, and make such a significant impact on our everyday lives.
With "Haftmann's Rules", Robert White manages not only to meet such a challenge, but also creates a believable "hard boiled sensibility" bubble within this spy tech happy reality in which we live, and still manages to convey the old world literary stylings of such hard boiled fiction masters as Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler.Read more ›
The story is sprinkled with Haftmann's Rules, things like, "Every existentialist in good standing must own a gun, and every week the existentialist rulebook says that the gun ought to me inserted barrel first into the mouth. Then you make a choice."
I felt the existentialist PI bit played nicely throughout the book. Added to the character of Thomas Haftmann without getting in the way of the telling of the tale.
In this story, Haftmann's client is John O'Reilly who has hired him to locate his estranged 17 year old daughter. Thing is, Annaliese Marie O'Reilly doesn't exactly want to be found.
As the investigation gets going Haftmann learns plenty about the relationship between client and daughter that flat out disgust him. But, he doesn't give up. He never gives up.
The author, Robert White, has a gift for dialog, imbuing each character with it's own cadence and attitude.
The story itself was totally engrossing and at times I found myself getting lost in Haftmann's world. Things never quite turn out how you might expect and the investigation goes way beyond it's original scope. There some huge surprises. Stuff that left me asking, "What the hell just happened here"?
Haftmann's Rules has plenty of disturbing images. One in particular, which will stick with me for a long time, involves a human water balloon. Needless to say, this book is for mature audiences and those not easily offended.
I did feel the book started to drag a bit toward the end, but at the same time I can say it was worth the read and I can recommend Haftmann's Rules as a solid PI story.Read more ›
He's bright and the novel is littered with his political and philosophical ruminations. His intimacy quotient is low, as his ex-wife would quickly testify. Somewhere in his core, however, is a moral kernel that leads him to put his sanity and his life on the line to try to tease out an unusual serial killer operating in the sleaziest sections of Boston. His entry into this dark and dangerous segment of society, in a town where he has no resources at all, is a search for his client's missing daughter who may be stripping in one of Boston's unsavory clubs.
The novel is well-written, coherent and fast-paced. Make no mistake it is very dark, violent and pretty explicit in several instances. It is a very modern story in that much of the motivations on the dark side are rooted in some of the nastier beliefs of today. The novel takes some effort to get into but somehow, for this reader at least, Thomas Haftmann, in spite of his bizarre rules, grabbed me by the collar and held my interest until the ride was finished.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maybe it is my own writing demons that kept me from finishing this book. I just did not like how I had to keep going back to re-read 2 or 3 paragraphs just to keep up with the... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by DrC
Robert White's Thomas Haftmann is a man on a mission and that mission comes as a result of a case he undertook to find a missing girl. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by HeadshotHeather
Despair, angst, absurdity, choice, boredom and death: the making of Existentialism 101? Not so. Robert White, in his latest noir crime novel gives us Thomas Haftmann, private... Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Joseph M. Zingaro
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