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The Devil May Dance: A Novel (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery, 2) Kindle Edition
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"Excellent...Tapper makes good use of the rich source material. Fans of Max Allan Collins's Nathan Heller books will be pleased."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Jake Tapper's deep inside knowledge of power, greed, and politics fuels this riveting page-turner."-- "Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
"One helluva a mystery--bursting with early-'60's luminarios."-- "Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
"Tapper brings...the kind of detailed political knowledge that only someone with his first-hand experience could bring to the story."-- "Booklist"
"Explores the thin lines between politics, pop culture, and crime, and the story is always gripping."-- "Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Jake Tapper is a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. Prior to joining CNN, he was the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Weekly Standard, among many other publications. He is the author of Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency. He lives in Washington, DC.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08HHXHSBJ
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (May 11, 2021)
- Publication date : May 11, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 718 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,560 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Devil wasn't quite as good as Hellfire. Hellfire was a 5 star and had me from the first chapter. It took a few chapters in Devil before I could not put it down. I would still give it 4.5 stars
I ordered the autographed copy of this in advance on March 18 and there is no autograph. I am a big fan of Jake Tappers and was looking forward to having an advanced autograph copy. Just very very disappointed there was a mix up with my order. All is good now.
Tapper needs to work on the relationship between Margaret and Charlie. Nick & Nora Charles they ain’t. They are always mad at one another and are holding all kinds of disappointments against each other. Maybe this is supposed to undercut the myth of the all-American family during what is sometimes seen as the “golden age” of the post war middle class, but it left me not liking either one very much. There is no charm in the way they interact and that drags the book down.
Tapper should give Rep. Street more to do. He is more levelheaded & seems way smarter than Charlie. I have enjoyed both of Tapper’s books but I don’t know whether this is a series that I’ll continue to read.
I read his first book involving the same two characters, Congressman Marder and his wife, and I don't remember much about it. My impression was I didn't care for it and resolved to not read any more Tapper novels. But then I got sucked in, first by a very positive review in a major newspaper, and secondly by some ads highlighting Rat Pack characters, and some inside scoop on the making of some favorite old films, "Psycho", "The Birds". Will I never learn?!
The story opens in December '61 with an extended RP (Lawford,Martin,Davis and Sinatra) scene in a cemetery late at night with the Marders, booze, and a gun. It's charming for all of about 5 minutes, then never gets better. The "plot" involves gangsters like Sam Giancanna, booze, the Kennedy's, a child sex ring, booze, Cuba, Scientology, the RP, and booze. The first half of the book feels like a movie without a script. Then there's a mish-mash of action, and finally a very lengthy attempt at an explanation of what happened. The dialog is never interesting and often what you might expect fom a high school sophomore. Ditto for the storyline. For example, the Marders wind up with a dead body in their possession and are told by the police that they (the police) are too busy to investigate and the Marders will have to solve this one to clear their own name. Oh, and Marilyn Monroe pops up in a few scenes here and there, but it seemed like she always had difficulty standing up. Did I mention Marilyn Monroe has trouble standing up in this book?
Well, Jake, all I can say is you're not going to fool me a third time....
Jake is so talented!
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While I enjoyed the story line, the book to me anyway came across as somewhat sterile. Why? The story feels like it is told through the eyes of today’s woke world. Folks back then just were not that woke yet. That came later. That is just like trying to explain to today’s college kids why Don Rickles was a great comedian. Good luck! Or, I imagine, how difficult it will be to explain to someone in the 2070s that back in the 2020s, blacks loved to call each other by the n-word as a term of endearment.
Could it be that trying to live up to the reputation as a woke journalist and writing about the sixties was a dilemma that Jake Tapper wasn’t quite able to reconcile?
It now rests mercifully in the trash awaiting tomorrow's collection.
Can't understand how this ever got to be written and actually published.