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Carter Beats the Devil Paperback – September 18, 2002
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About the Author
Glen David Gold received his MFA for creative writing at the University of California at Irvine and has written for newspapers, film, and television. He currently lives in Southern California.
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The writer is excellent at weaving together a really good yarn !
Carter Beats the Devil is a truly impressive first novel. It is dense and tightly plotted. Gold has a keen eye for the historical details that fascinate the reader and keep the pages turning. There was never a moment where I found the book to be too long, or where I was bored and indifferent to the characters. Carter himself remains distant from the reader, but I did not find that bad. It seemed to me a little bit in the nature of the magician to be that way.
If there is a flaw in the book, it is simply that there is too much included. Ultimately I was much less interested by the historical product placement than Gold appeared to be. The BMW motorcycle and radio/television technology beat felt pale to me compared to the characters and their histories. Unfortunately, these elements are fairly central to the plot, so it meant that I lost interest in some of the major moments.
Despite any flaws, I would highly recommend the book and will probably be giving it out as a gift this year. I would warn potential readers that it is a lot moodier than it may appear. Although energetic, it can be very dark at moments. This does not make it less of a novel, but may not be what you expect based on the cover blurbs and its image in the press.
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An editor is needed. More then ever here