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The Book Case (John Corey) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007GBTB0Q
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (May 8, 2012)
- Publication date : May 8, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 200 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 67 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,128 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Its the police case surrounding an apparent accidental death in a bookstore. A bookcase falls on the owner and kills him. Hence the play on words with the tile 'The Book Case' and not 'The Bookcase'.
I really enjoyed NYPD Detective John Corey's, often humorous, internal monologue and it reminded me a lot of some Mickey Spillane or Ben Aaronovitch. Without doubt I now look forward to reading a full length novel or two by this author.
At 54 pages this is either a long short story, or a short novella. An excellent way to get a taste of Nelson DeMille's work.
It's a good little story. It ties up neatly and you see it's tracks before you get to the end, but given the brevity it's not like a dozen characters could be introduced. Reads long enough to fill that gap between the time you finish your shower and your wife finally finishes getting dressed before you go out and grab that drink down by the beach on your summer vacation. Who knows, maybe you can spend the rest of the trip lazily re- reading some of Corey's earlier adventures. I'm thinking its been a while since I've read Plum Island.
As far as the other characters in this Kindle Single, we don't learn a whole lot about them and in a short story or novella like this one, there isn't always time to learn their back stories. Sometimes that becomes less important than what's going on in the present, and I thought that was the case in this story. The important thing was discovering if a crime had been committed, and if so, how it was done, and who did it. Corey's investigative skills were very good and his powers of observation, also.
For a short read, I enjoyed this. It doesn't take long to read and doesn't take a lot of thought. It's one of those stories that, to me, is for the pure enjoyment of it.
I recommend this for mystery lovers and for police procedural fans and just for a fun, short story to read along with a cup of coffee.
Every author must think of just writing for fun once in awhile...J. P. Lane admitted to me that she had often laughed as she wrote The Tangled Web. I'm certainly not going to get the chance to discuss this short story with Nelson DeMille, but I got the same feeling as I enjoyed this quick mystery as I had been picking up issues in The Tangled Web...
One of the things mentioned was that he was going to solve the murder mystery before he called in CSI! Ha! Can you blame police detectives with all the CSI shows going on TV where the detectives silently stand in the background while the technicians solve the case? I enjoy both but for a professional detective like Detective John Corey, he knows who really solves the cases! And within a minute or two being on the crime scene, he had declared that the apparent accidental death had been murder!
The crime scene: Owner Otis Parker, at the Dead End Bookstore, is sitting at his office desk; a large book-filled bookcase has fallen over and killed him...
No, this is not Plum Island or any other of the wonderful novels by this author, so don't think that's what you are getting for less than $2! But I definitely enjoyed spending several hours with this well-known author when he let his hair down a little and pulled no punches...Things like including himself as one of the top authors making more than the detective working to solve the case provides just the type of story that took me completely away from the heavy suspense novels I have read recently...a delightful side of Nelson DeMille I had not seen before!
Anyone with a modest collection will know the nightmare of the falling bookcase. Since so many of us can picture this as an accident, this story will give us room to decide for ourselves the possibilities of it happening. What I gathered while reading this book is that there is a detective assigned to stop in and check out the facts of the case. It could have been an accident, in which case all he has to do is put in an appearance to satisfy superiors. If, on the other hand, it should turn out not to be an accident, he will be the one to make that distinction.
I thought the author did a great job giving me a story that made a lot of sense. Not having read previous books of his, I found I did not need to backtrack and research to determine what was happening. The story unfolds as needed, and the author does a great job telling us exactly what we need to know to determine whether or not this is a murder or an accident.
Even as a short story, this book has a great beginning, an excellent story, and a definite ending. For me, it stands on its own as a good book.