- I'm a huge fan of mystery and suspense and I read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of "Big Flies" sounded interesting, and I liked that it had different perspectives--of the father Chester and the son Leland, (during different time periods) and was also a mix of fact and fiction as it included real cases from history (unsolved crimes) and the people who supposedly committed them. But while I fully admit I didn't have the highest expectations going in...well, consider me blown away! I read "Big Flies" in a few short nights, quite a feat considering I have no free time! Keith Hirshland is a natural writer, and I was hooked in by the way he weaved so many interesting characters and twisted individual plotlines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn't put down until the final, surprising conclusion. It was really fast-paced with snappy dialogue and super short chapters that were free from many clichés that riddle this genre. I was curious to see how this would all work out in the end, and I wasn't at all disappointed, even though it's not really howyou expect it to end - but it works for the spirit of the story. A thought-provoking read that is different from much out there that is beautifully written and professionally executed (flawless editing!!). Recommendfor fans of mystery/suspense/drama. (5 stars)
About the Author
Keith Hirshland is a sports television producer with more than three decades of experience and an Emmy award under his belt. He produced shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Hirshland later was among the first forty people hired by The Golf Channel in 1994. He was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995 and provided his talents for the all golf network for close to two decades.
Big Flies is Hirshland’s second book and first novel. He is the author of Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat), a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese Mountain Dog.