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- Publication Date: December 18, 2018
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- Language: English
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Eugene Blake is a London accountant and he's as grey as the "Grey Lady" he lives in. Quiet, lacking in self-confidence and ambition, with few social skills and no noticeable talents, he blends into the woodwork except for the occasions when he irritates people with his incompetence or lack of interest. With no social life and no hobbies, Eugene's only enjoyment is eating and his obese body is testimony to that enjoyment.
One day he pushes things too far and is out of a job. What to do now? Some books on the science of detecting, read long ago, spring to mind and he places a small ad in a newspaper. "Private detective. No job too small."
Amazingly, a woman answers his ad and hires him to find her missing husband. That starts a chain of events that pulls the quiet, inexperienced bachelor into a vortex of intrigue, danger, violence, and murder.
It's not the best written book I ever read, by a long shot. It reads like the author started out with a vague idea and then changed his mind as he went along. Characters (including ones who would normally be introduced early in the story) suddenly appear out of nowhere at the 30% mark or even later. At least one is never really explained. And if you called the plot outrageous and unbelievable, many readers would agree with you.
So why am I giving it four stars? I can only say that Eugene is a likable man. He's floundered around in a daze for so much of his life that I was happy for him when things started happening. OK, some of them were BAD things, but at least he knew he was alive. And once he takes on his first detective job, he's determined to see it through, even though he's ridiculed and his employer is reluctant to pay him. Determination is a quality I admire.
This is the first in three books and I'm seriously considering buying the second one. It's a quirky story, but there's something there.
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So with no experience whatsoever, he posts an ad as a Private Detective (no job too small) and almost immediately is contacted to help solve the mystery as to what has happened to a missing husband. His first client employs Eugene to find him and, as it turns out, this is no simple matter. A body does indeed turn up, but not before Eugene himself is targeted as having something to do with the disappearance, he’s accused, threatened, beaten up, even kidnapped, and then there’s the missing money. And who is the real victim here anyway?
If Eugene thought his life was dull before, he has now completely gone to the other end of the spectrum with his first case amid a series of events that are not what they seem, and he lands himself in trouble; the like of which he’s never encountered. He hasn’t a clue what he’s let himself in for, and he’s never quite sure what’s around the next corner, but he’s determined, despite the fearful obstacles, to see it through to the end … and hopefully in one piece.
I obtained this just last week, I’ve found it the proverbial page turner – I simply couldn’t put it down – it was an amusing yarn set in a City-of-London backdrop, and I’m avidly awaiting the next instalment. Thank you, Christian Hayes, for introducing me to a most unlikely hero.
Im not going to repeat the blurb but this is not at all as I expected by the title.
The thing is it sort of makes you keep reading to see what happens to Eugene, the want to be private detective.
Yes there are mistakes in the book but does it really matter that much ? It's well written in it's own way.
Read in one sitting, thank goodness I am retired. Fortunately I have had a kindle unlimited offer so read number 2 last night.
Just read it as it is. It's not a serious crime thriller but light hearted with a bit of humour. I know I'll read number 3 and maybe that's enough.
Get a cup of tea and chill.
Here then we meet Eugene Blake who decides to become a private detective, mainly because he is bored and has read pulp novels when he was younger. We can easily discern where the case is going, and we can work out the exact nature of what is happening long before the end of this. This has things that should have been left out, and a tightening of the plot, and more realism added, which would have actually made this a good read. Instead we have here something which is really rather lacklustre and not that well thought out.
I personally love well written hardboiled tales, and unfortunately this is not one of them. In all then a good idea let down by a poor execution.
I really wanted to like this Walter Mittyesque character but I just didn't warm to him. Yes, there were a few funny episodes in the story caused by his bumbling incompetence, but there were so many references to his love of food that after a while this joke wore thin. The same can be said about the number of comments he got regarding his raincoat.
The plot is a little confusing but it held my interest even though it is totally unbelievable in places (e.g. his 'beginner's' luck at the poker table).
So overall, a mildly amusing introductory (and stand alone) story but probably not one for lovers of gritty,menacing, action-packed, atmospheric crime thrillers.