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'Life's a Bitch. So Am I.' Rachel Cord, P.I. Paperback – October 27, 2008
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"Rachel Cord, P.I., is certainly one of the most memorable P.I.'s that I have ever encountered . . . . The fast pace things happen in this story often left me breathless and unable to put the book down." -- Cherie Fisher (Reader Views)
"R. E. Conary took a big risk with this novel. I was blown away by the surprising turn of events, and my first thought was: 'Nothing like this ever happens to Kinsey Millhone!' ...R. E. Conary plans on being anything but formulaic." --POD Book Reviews & More
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Every author, whether I've read his or her works or not, whether I liked his or her works or not; every writer, scribe who ever typed, penned, incised a word, a line, is as much a part of me, my DNA, as the Conarys, Dames, Longs, Fullers, Cousins, Chilton on back to that first amoeba that tweaked to life in the long forgotten primordial ooze.
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Conary does an excellent job of making a short book seem longer by following a couple cases in a pretty complex mystery. By complex I don't mean the reader has a difficult time figuring out most of the whodunit aspects, but being able to do so relatively early on in no way makes the journey any less enjoyable in following all the intertwining leads.
One thing that I really appreciated is Conary's one/two approach to revealing clues and information. At several points a key bit of information is revealed, but neither the author or Rachel (the PI) jump on it and draw red pointing arrows to it right away. Instead, the reader gets a chance to think, "aha, that's important!" and savor their cleverness in picking the tidbit out of the flow of the story. Then usually shortly after that Rachel picks up on it too. This style made the mystery a lot of fun as a reader and it also avoided that frustration with a PI ignoring something for half a book, making you think they're stupid.
Another thing that I appreciated was that Rachel wasn't taking things on solo. When she found a vital piece of information she immediately turned it over to the police. It seemed like a much more realistic representation of PI work and is a bit unusual in PI novels.Read more ›
But it is a very good thriller-mystery in the Mickey Spillane fashion. Tight prose, fast-paced action and a good storyline. It's one of the first gay PI stories I've ever read. The female PI Rachel Cord is gay. Very different but interesting with some good insights into the problem of gay bashing in our society.
It's a fast read. I finished it in three days and the author has a satisfactory conclusion that wraps up all the loose ends. His sequel Rachel Cord, PI 'Still a Bitch': A Confidential Investigations Mystery would be worth checking out.
Rachel Cord is a Private Investigator who has been handed two seemingly unrelated cases, one a missing persons case of a teenage girl who is in danger of being commercially sexually exploited and one a case of gay bashings surrounding a popular night club with a transsexual revue. It turns out that the cases are related, as in all good mysteries, but the twisty path by which their relationship is revealed is readable and interesting. Greed, the hunger for power and the corruption that inevitably ensues are evergreen and Conary uses these themes to good effect.
Rachel is a lesbian whose lover has recently left her in mysterious circumstances, she also has enormous breasts, Double H, that are an unfortunate character in themselves. This is a weakness as Rachel is a well-defined character and doesn't need a gimmick to define her. Her voice is clear and immediate. The secondary characters are also well-defined and memorable.
Life's a Bitch is intended as gritty noir and as such is explicit in terms of both sex and violence. There are two rapes, one of which happens off-stage and one that is so violent that it is disturbing to the reader. The aftermath of the rape is handled for the most part with sensitivity. A deus ex machina rescues the heroine from the predicament of the second rape and it is the lone plot weakness.Read more ›
Rachel is a well endowed tough PI that takes no quarters from anyone, male or female regardless of their persuasion. She has a solid foundation but yet holds herself responsible for any misfortune that occurs on what she considers her watch. She does have one kink in her armor; She thinks she is the Lone Ranger and doesn't realize that Tonto is not there.
This is a well crafted plot and if you have a sharp detective mind you may pick up a clue here or there. Maybe not! Recommended reading for those who want to be entertained with a suspenseful mystery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No. I don't think I've ever read anything as stupid as this....
I didn't even get past the first chapter. Read more
the torture was a bit over the top, made for a tortuous read. characters were simple, not enough 'back-story'. didn't really care to 'know' them after a few chaptersPublished 23 months ago by Gina Koncz
Using her skills as a private investigator, Rachel Cord has yet to discover why the long-term relationship with Karen, her gay lover, has ended. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by For What It's Worth...
This was a funny detective book - I enjoyed it.
Light, witty, has a pretty serious violence part, but worth the read.
Funny, irrelevant, cool. That's R.E. Conary's first in the Rachel Cord series, Life's a Bitch. So Am I, and what a terrific series it's turning out to be. Over-the-top? Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Crime Queen
I throughly enjoyed this somewhat zany book. Over the top violence, I suppose, but I found it all very relevant and funny. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Crime Lover
As a straight male, I found the book went into more detail of the gay lifestyle than I needed. I fully understand the context and I suspect gays may enjoy this aspect even more,... Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by D. Webb
I was GREATLY disappointed with this book after reading the reviews, buying it & then reading the book. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Andrew Harris