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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: December 7, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00305CHS0
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EYE OF THE CRICKET is an example of southern noir or, to be more precise, it's New Orleans noir told from the first person perspective. Lew Griffin is a black man who teaches French and English literature in between occasional flurries as the author of several novels. He is also known to be quite adept at finding missing persons and so he moonlights as a sort of private detective. He is a man who seems to care a great deal for others, to the point where he has difficulty saying no to people's requests, often to his own detriment.
It is in his capacity as a teacher that he is approached to act as a private detective by a student who had heard of his ability at finding people and asks Griffin to try to find his half-brother. Griffin immediately agrees to help, no questions asked, a typical response.
What is revealed is that Griffin himself has a son that is missing and the tragic irony is, although he is able to find other people's missing loved ones, he can't seem to find his own son, not even a clue of where he might be.
That is, until a vagrant is brought into a hospital emergency room and the only item in his possession that might identify who he is, is a copy of one of Griffin's books - a book he had inscribed for his son. Suddenly he feels he might have the clue that he needs to continue his search.
Although the storyline seems straightforward enough, it is littered with flashbacks, dreams and memories, all of which managed to keep throwing me completely off balance.Read more ›
Cricket presents the problem of the crime writer who doesn't appear to be all that interested in writing about crime. In this novel Griffin investigates a couple of missing persons cases in a laidback sort of way that involves a lot of eating and drinking in colourful New Orleans eateries while asking questions of obligingly talkative friends and acquaintances. In this way we get an engaging tour of the city, but there isn't really any detection going on. And the final 40 or so pages have Griffin living on the street in order to find his son who disappeared in New York several years previously. The missing son portion the story is poorly developed and makes for a limp, saccharine finale.
Sallis isn't the first crime writer to lose interest in crime. Michael Dibdin's series of mysteries featuring Comissario Aurelio Zen eventually became mood pieces with a bit of crime on the side. American mystery writer K.C. Constantine hit the wall after nine books about Mario Balzic, the Chief of Police of Rocksburg, PA.Read more ›
Our protagonist is Lew Griffin, a Black man in his early 50's who has had a hard life battling his personal demons and bad luck with people around him. He is similar in a way to Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins who tells a story within a story. In this case, Griffin leads us off into numerous subplots and stories about his past. James Sallis' books are far darker than Walter Mosley's works (I am a huge fan of Mosley too)
I will admit that James Sallis is not for everyone, I am sure there are many people who would become disinterested by the sidetracking of the main story that occurs and trying to keep up with the characters portrayed but to me, he is absolutely one of the best of the best.
Worth your time in reading him as you will learn something about people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not familiar with the author or his other work. I found the storyline hard to follow. So, I gave up.Published on July 13, 2012 by Dotcom
Eye of the Cricket is the 4th Lew Griffin novel and begins similarly to the others with Lew attempting to locate a missing person. Read morePublished on April 30, 2008 by Chris Greenwood
New Orleans, old demons and a continuing search for the missing David. How could you go wrong? Lew Griffin is many things but never predictable. Read morePublished on January 30, 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org