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Two Wheels: A Cycling Murder Mystery Paperback – June 19, 1998
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About the Author
Like other VeloPress Great Lakes humorists Jamie Smith and Jef Mallett, Greg Moody has had a long career in media. Working in various capacities as columnist for the Milwaukee Sentinel and in regional radio and television, Moody is also a long-time cycling enthusiast.
In 1988, Moody moved to CBS4 in Denver as Critic at Large where he won 12 regional Emmy awards for commentary and writing in subjects ranging from movies to TV, newspapers to books, Hollywood history to journalistic ethics.
Moody is author of five cycling murder mystery titles, a subgenre populated seemingly by his works alone. The stories cover domestic racing and the Tour de France and were wildly popular in the '90s.
Top Customer Reviews
The only redeeming feature was the insight into cycling and race conditions - as an amateur racer and keen fan of the sport I enjoyed the few passages devoted to training and the Classics.
Moody's writing lacks style and precision; his use of language is as bland as if this was a poor translation. The plot is enormously contrived - almost cartoon-like, cliched even: the down-at-heel couldabeen who wins a moment of glory after manouevering through a family's corporate power-plays. The plot lurches along without style, the characters are paper-thin and the dialogue shows no ear at all for spoken language.
If not for the cycling I wouldn't have persevered to the end. And had to put up with fevered metaphors such as this beauty on p236:
"It was his sanctuary from the demons, for as he rode, the guilt and hatred would grow and overwhelm, then fade back into an easily controlled creature lurking quietly in a dark corner of his mind next to an old pile of National Geographics".
If you can get through the first third of the book, roughly, then you're in for a treat. I have to agree with the reviews faulting the book for its cliches and worn out character types. Frankly, that almost kept me from finishing the book - there was nobody I was that interested in at first and there was a lot of wordy prose to wade through.
But, like any good race or hard training ride, if you press through this wall, you'll be rewarded. The pace picked up, the suspense grew, the cliches diminished and even a few unexpected twists and turns emerged.
Moody's description of a person blowing up bears special mention. For some reason, his prose really hits its stride during those episodes. By the last third of the book, I literally couldn't put it down - a real page turner (my homage to the cliches).
It really did turn out to be a great ride, and not nearly as predictable as I was expecting. If you like mysteries generally - but ESPECIALLY if you like mysteries and are into cycling, get this book and stick to it. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moody pushes all the right buttons...he creates a character we can care about, and paints an excellent portrait of the bad guys as well. Read morePublished on December 11, 2000
Greg Moody's book is a great, quick read. A definite page turner with witty dialog, and Greg manages to capture the spirit of the cycling world.Published on June 5, 2000 by John D. Busteed
A murder mystery that makes you laugh. It also teaches a thing or two about the world of European bike racing. Read morePublished on May 6, 1999