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Talk Talk Paperback – June 26, 2007
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"Dana Halter" is only one of the identities that the antagonist Peck Wilson has collected in the years since he was released from prison in New York State. As the book opens, Peck lives as Dr. Dana Halter in a Marin County waterfront condo furnished with nothing but the best for his kitchen (he's a very gourmet sociopath) and his bed (a Russian beauty named Natalia.) He is an old hand at identity theft and manages them carefully, wringing them almost dry before moving on and covering his tracks.
When the real Dana is finally released from jail, she finds that the authorities aren't overly concerned with prosecuting this so-called victimless crime. It's up to her and Bridger to retrieve her impounded car and field phone calls from irate creditors. But Bridger acquires the thief's cell phone number from one such creditor and makes contact.Read more ›
Summary, no spoilers:
Dana Halter is a 33 year old deaf woman who teaches at a school for the deaf. One day, on her way to a dental appointment, Dana drives through a stop sign. She is stopped by the police, and she finds out that the officer thinks she has warrants out for her arrest. She is a victim of identity theft.
The man who stole her identity is named Peck Wilson, and he is a violent con man who has been living high off the hog off of Dana and a few others.
The book follows Dana and her boyfriend Bridger Martin, as they attempt to find Peck Wilson, both to reestablish Dana's good name and make sure this doesn't happen again - and also to seek revenge on him for the havoc and misery he has caused.
This is real page turner, and I can tell you because I was a criminal attorney that the arrest/jail/courtoom scenes described in the beginning of the book are spot on. Getting arrested on a Friday is a Bad Thing - especially if it's all been a terrible mistake.
This book was quick paced and lives up to Boyle's high standards. It is also a very frightening book - because we all realize how we could end up like Dana Halter, and have our own lives turned upside down because of the greed and avarice of someone who would steal our identity. And the book shows us how easily that can be done.
Boyle is able to wonderfully combine completely disparate elements: a thrilling chase, the frustrating experience of an independent deaf woman, and the protagonist's love of language and words. Boyle's characters and his narrative are nuanced and deep. He burrows into the head of the criminal, who begins to feel like a victim himself. And Boyle delivers various exciting action climaxes.
However, the chase slows down in the second half of the book, and I found myself anxious to get to the finale, which was unfortunately completely anticlimactic. I enjoyed the narrative enough that I still enjoyed the book overall, but - I repeat - the ending was a real disappointment.
The author himself narrates the unabridged audiobook and does a solidly good job. Metacritic, a website that culls the essence of a broad selection of professional reviews, pulled together 25 such reviews of this book (from Salon to the New York Times Book Review): eight reviewers loved it, eight liked it, six were mixed, and three didn't like it.
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I read Torn Curtain and liked it, so I picked up this book thinking it would be as good. But as with so many authors, one winner does not promise other books by the same author... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ellen hayden
Am a HUGE fan of Mr. Boyle.....just finished 'Riven Rock', found it fascinating....whether he is writing about real characters (many of his books are fictionalized accounts of true... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gemma
Classic tc Boyle. Did not care for the ending, but that said it is thought provoking, an emotional intelligent decision by the victim.Published 3 months ago by herman h blanke
An unexpectedly fine novel. Dana Halter is deaf, but has a slight ability to speak. She works as a teacher at the San Roque School for the deaf. Bridger Martin is her boyfriend. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ellen
I have enjoyed many of TC Boyle's books. This one was interesting through the first two thirds and then just petered out, as if the female victim said "oh, well."Published 12 months ago by Sally J. Ginet
I'd admit, before reading this book, to being a bit of a T.C. Boyle groupie. I, at least, admired his prodigious output, loved "Drop City" and "The Women" admired... Read morePublished 17 months ago by George M Woods