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3.0 out of 5 stars Started Great, but then...., July 16, 2004
This review is from: Still Life with Crows (Pendergast, Book 4) (Hardcover)
The ending was so BLEAH that I couldn't give this book more than 3 stars, which actually pains me because it started out soo promising and I completely LOVE the character of Pendergast. I actually found the book really hard to put down because of the wonderful way the two author writes, the words just flow. And even though after a while, I realized really nothing much was happening in between murders, I was still fascinated, mainly because of Pendergast. But what eventually killed the book for me was the conclusion. The way Pendergast figured it out was kind of hokey; I really hated that self-hypnosis plot device which I believed was first introduced in Cabinet of Curiousities. It smelled of a cop-out to me, when it would've made so much more sense and had been so much more respectful to the character had Pendergast figured things out solely from doing old fashioned detective work, which he had been doing up to that point. Then the revelation of the identity of the murderer was nothing short of ridiculous; how it took Pendergast so long to figure something was askew is beyond me, considering where he was (I don't want to go into any more details for that will be wandering into the territory of spoilers). Lastly, it was also disappointing to see Child & Preston eventually sticking to the old stereotype about small town hick sheriffs when in the beginning, it had appeared that they wouldn't take that hackneyed route. I actually applauded when the Sheriff took over the first crime scene with just as much intelligent authority as any big-city cop would do, but alas, that image was completely undermined towards the end of the book when he started living up to the stereotype.
Anyway, I would recommend this book only because of the character of Pendergast and Child & Preston's very smooth writing style, but in terms of plot, I would give it a thumbs down.
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