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Deadly Lullaby: A Thriller Kindle Edition
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“Too compelling to put down.”—Roger Hobbs, bestselling author of Ghostman
“Deadly Lullaby is, at heart, a father-son story, but one in which the father is a ruthless gangster and the son a cynical cop. I loved both of these flawed characters. Robert McClure has written a rousing debut, elevated by pitch-perfect dialogue and a whiplash pace.”—Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing
“The writing is excellent, and the family relationship offers an interesting angle.”—I Heart Reading
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- File size : 1636 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Publisher : Alibi (September 29, 2015)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00TNDOYL6
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #889,561 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read the original story, My Son, and enjoyed it, but couldn't imagine an author expanding a story about a "connected" psychopathic killer into a successful novel. Psychopaths are one-note characters, by their nature; even though what a psychopath might DO can be very interesting in its perversity, the person himself usually lacks dimension beyond his acts. In "My Son," it was the struggles of the father--Babe--to connect with his severely bent policeman son that kept me reading, but ultimately the two of them were too alike, I felt, to carry the work onto a larger stage.
What a great surprise to find that McClure has managed the feat beautifully in this book. The original story has been left behind as an inspiration; the novel introduces us to a son who, while still shady, is much more savvy, much more unconventional, even--strangely--more principled, than his prototype. And that not only elevates the father/son struggle, it makes Deadly Lullaby work.
It also makes me want to read a sequel.
The plot has been summarized on these pages already. I'd like to give the writing its due: it is unpretentious, but colorful and very deftly-rendered. His characters, especially Leo, are more complex and nuanced than I've come to expect in the genre. Babe, still a psychopathic killer, feels more compelling in his fealty to a son who routinely disappoints him, and in his too-late faith in the duties and possibilities of Ideal Fatherhood. As a reader, I found myself alternately worried about Leo's potential for disaster (and the potential--justified--loss of his job with the LAPD), and cheered by the unique--and often illegal--paths he chose to juggle his relationship with his father and his boss, while achieving his own brand of justice.
Is the book bloody? Certainly! Is it testosterone-laden? Of course! Is it pulpy? Oh, yes. It's Crime Fiction, laced with that noir humor that makes Crime Fiction a tasty read. If that's not what you're looking for, don't read Deadly Lullabye (and for the gods' sake, don't diss it in a review--that's like ordering escargot, and giving the restaurant one star because you didn't really want snails).
But if you are a fan of the genre, read Deadly Lullabye and enjoy. McClure is the Real Deal.
Not only were the grammar, punctuation and use of the English language excellent, McClure does an excellent job of creating realistic characters with depth rather than cardboard silhouettes. They were very much flawed, but they were not pure evil. By the end of the book I had began to sympathize with them, root for them, maybe even like them. An article I read recently on fiction writing said that creating villains was a very difficult part of constructing believable fiction: the villain must not be pure, black evil but someone whose motives are understandable given their experiences. McClure does this with great skill. Thanks for the enjoyable story! I’ll look for this author again.