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The Big Show Stopper Paperback – September 16, 2010
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The lawyer, Pinky, is a big shot guy who has several ex-wives and is more interested in money than relationships or helping his clients. There are parts of his character that I liked, but maybe more I didn't like.
Pinky's PI is a prior client who he got off from a murder charge. Bear is a big guy, to suit his name. He tends to engage his fists before his brain. I suppose what really turned me off was Bear's female companion. Sometimes she is smarter than he is which is fine. But other times she is just a whiny female who seems to be looking for a sugar daddy. Okay...so Bear and Flo seem to have a thing that works for them. It didn't work for me.
As the concert crew immediately begin to pack up and move on to the next gig, Bear recognizes that the death was not accidental. He turns to the local cop, Ice, to arrest the prime suspect, Jack,.who happens to be a friend of Bear's. Pinky agrees to represent Jack at least to negotiate a plea which is all the defense that Jack can afford. Then a female girlfriend shows up and offer a million dollar fee if Pinky can come up with another viable suspect and get Jack released within two weeks. Now the investigation gets really serious and Bear, with Flo in tow, is off to track down other suspects.
I liked the mystery; there was some very good action and the writing flowed well. I didn't like Flo's whines and the outrageous expenses that she and Bear ran up as though it was their "due." Also I didn't like that Pinky fixated on one suspect to drag in for the money instead of thinking it through to the facts.
A lot of this story reminded me of Keystone Cops falling into the right place and the right time to find the right suspect.Read more ›
Bear and Flo head for a concert, Bear's birthday present to Flo, to hear her favorite singer Brady Blackstone. Jack Spurlock, Flo's hairdresser's son, has come up with great tickets and a backstage pass. Ready for a fun night, instead they and a screaming audience of fans are shocked when an accident on stage results in Brady's death. The police soon determine that it is no accident, and arrest Jack, who was in charge of making sure all the equipment worked.
Pinky and Bear spring into action. Pinky is contacted by the grieving widow, who isn't grieving at all, and who is having an affair with Jack. She offers Pinky a big fee if he can get Jack released from jail. Pinky puts Bear on the case, and he takes Flo with him. There are lots of quirky characters; a Vietnam vet who is homeless, various characters in the real estate business, Pinky's ex-wife, Willow, who is the prosecutor, a cute blonde who seems to be after Bear, and a policeman who has vowed to put Bear in jail. Can this pair discover what caused Brady's death and free Jack before the fee time limit runs out?Read more ›
Bear and his bombshell girlfriend, Flo, are attending a concert when the beloved star dies in what is first thought to be a tragic accident. It is quickly discovered that Brady Blackstone has been murdered and the superstars' wife is willing to pay Pinky a very healthy bonus if he can prove that her lover is not responsible.
The Big Show Stopper unfurls with deliberation as at the behest of Pinky Bear and Flo drive across the country following the slimmest of leads. Bear's investigative inexperience is tempered by Flo's smarts as the couple make the most of th expense account to identify suspects. Bear may not be terribly bright but he is resourceful, and I thought him likeable. Flo provides some light relief and I was amused by her diva behaviour. I didn't find Pinky particularly appealing, his pomposity, greed and misogyny reduces him to a cliche.
The investigation developed slowly and I felt the pace of the story dragged despite the deadline suggesting urgency. I can contribute part of that feeling to the books very dry humour and formal language which I struggled with at times. The narrative shifts between the perspective of Pinky and Bear which breaks up the events, but I didn't feel the change was reflected in the dialogue or tone for the characters.
I did enjoy the minor subplots, such as the vindictive detective and the overreaching secretary, though I think both perhaps had roots in the first Pinky and Bear mystery which I was not privy to.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to say one thing about this book right off the bat, what amazing characters. I felt comfortable with them, what I mean is that I wanted to be there with them, I wanted to... Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by B. Waldron
A book that started a little rough, ended up being a great book that I am excited to share. From the beginning, there was a lot of language both curse words and crude, but once the... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Kristin Jones
I so enjoy reading a mystery. My favorites are about those twisted killers that you just wonder what the heck they were thinking when they did what they did. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Lynette355
This is the first book that I've read by Mr. Dalton and it was very enjoyable. For me it stated off a little slow but once it took off it never slowed down. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Kindle Customer
Celebrating Flo's birthday, Bear takes her to Brady Blackstone's concert. Brady is one of the richest and most famous performers around, and Flo is just giddy with the idea of... Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Wendy L. Hines
Copy provided for review through Tribute Books
They're Pinky and the Bear, Bear, Bear, Bear, Bear....
Sorry, had to get that out of my system. Read more
I really enjoyed reading this book. Although I thought it dragged a little in the beginning, it turned out to be a pretty good book. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Once Upon a Twilight
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
Source: Received as part of the Tribute Books blog tour. Many thanks goes to Nicole for sending me a copy of this book for review. Read more
Immediately, when I started reading this novel I felt like I was a part of this story and the team. It felt like I was following a movie more so than a novel (strange I know). Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by The Prissy Snob