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Blowing Smoke Paperback – March 2, 2015
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After several days of reading the ARC for this novel, I decided I wanted to purchase the kindle version from Amazon because there were so many grammatical errors in the ARC that it made it hard to read. When I say grammatical errors, what I’m referring to is missing words, missing punctuation, line breaks where they shouldn’t be, and no line breaks where they should be. I suspected that the kindle version for sale on Amazon would have been edited again after the ARC had been, but I was incorrect. I found myself frequently guessing as to what the author meant to say because the words just weren’t there.
This story has good bones and I like the mystery element, but the flaws made it difficult to get invested enough in the story to really want to know how it ended. Obviously, everyone reads differently and other people might find this character easier to connect with than I do. Personally, though, this was not one of my favorite reads.
At first blush, it appears to be a classic open and shut case. The victim had a history of psychiatric problems.Suicide is the official verdict. But as Caterski and his partner continue to investigate evidence of a cover up is discovered. A cover up which reaches the highest echelons of local power. He vows to see the case to the end even if it kills him. And it just might.
The style of the book flows easily throughout the novel until the very end and the descriptive language and dialogue often make the reader feel as they are right there alongside the characters themselves. Caterski, the main character, is a decent, yet deeply flawed human being. As is his partner Alexandria, who is an alcoholic trapped in a loveless marriage. This is more than just a detective noir novel. It is a story about the struggle of life and trying to be a decnt human being in an indecent world.
In this instance, Neal Caterski is an ex-cop, now a Private Investigator. A woman he once had an affair with, Donna winters, makes an appearance. Being the wife of a very rich, very influential man she's never been free of his abuse. Her sister wants to hire Caterski to find all his illegal activities. She thinks this is her only way for Donna to gain freedom.
Before he can even begin an investigation, she is found dead of a gunshot wound .. an apparent suicide. But was it? Or was it her abusive husband?
Caterski looks for the truth ... but the truth might kill him
The characters are what drew me in and kept me rapidly turning pages. Caterski is not a young man, but a man filled with guilt, loneliness, despair; he's clinically depressed. His business partner, Alexandria, is fighting her own demons. Married to a man she doesn't love, a recovering alcoholic, also depressed. They seem to bolster each other to get through life day by day.
It's a well-written book with a tightly woven plot. This is a short, fast read.
My thanks to the author and Word Slinger Publicity who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.