Channeling Raymond Chandler????,
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This review is from: DETOUR TO MURDER ( A Jimmy O'Brien Mystery Novel) (Kindle Edition)
While this is a workman like tale paying distant homage to the 'Noir' subcategory, Sherrat is no Chandler and Jimmy O'Brien isnt Philip Marlowe.
The big problem is Jimmy is a putz, which is a complete disconnect from the classic noir lead character. Sherrat has created a character with no charisma what-so-ever. He is likeable, but not charismatic. There is a scene in the story where Jimmy has a chance to bag the beautiful femme. As you read it you find yourself wishing Marlowe would come along and close the deal. Jimmy lets her get away with teasing the whole night and then slipping off to her apartment- alone. "Not tonight Jimmy". Give me a break. Marlowe would have closed the deal. Thats the type of charisma I'm talking about. In fact Jimmy has several female characters who should be having fantansies about him, yet who treat him like a younger brother. They are fond of him, but there is none of the sexual undercurrent that makes noir,... noir.
Other problems include the narrative and dialogue. Both are stilted and amateurish. Sherrat includes the elements of the noir category, police corruption, beautiful but damaged women, the wrongly accused/convicted, big city locale- often L.A., but his verbiage lacks the urgency, and drive that the noir plot demands.
What does work is the story itself. It is a worthwhile mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. This why this story rates a four (4) rating.
Bottom-line. This is well worth the current download price of .99 cents. Much more and it would be a 'skip'.