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Felonious Jazz: a novel Paperback – May 8, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
There's a lot of creative thinking going into this novel, from the anti-sprawl undercurrents to the jazz composition that evolves as the story progresses. Lots of other touches help distinguish it from your average escapist crime fiction, but it's still a fun read. I found the Leonard Noblac character particularly interesting, and certainly identified with his hang-up with our consumer culture, particularly as it is expressed in the suburban McMansions he preys upon. Unlike nearly every household pet that Leonard comes across in his escapades, I had difficulty putting this book down.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and can't wait to see how/when he brings back Leonard for an encore performance. Bravo, bravo...
As others have mentioned, the characters come to life even when they are stereotypical in some ways, and the plot moves right along, building in suspense and complexity. The ending had quite a twist.
I did not expect to find a performance art theme in a crime novel; the reviewer who gave it only two stars apparently has never heard of that. I really liked the performance art angle and the way that Gilmer raises several social issues without being heavy handed in the slightest. This would be a great book for a book club that doesn't mind a bit of violence.
So, how did it go? An uneasy start for me, not the initial unexpected violence, but the feeling that I was jumping in to the middle of a story and I ought to know more about these characters. It soon settled down though into a steady and thoroughly puzzling mystery. Well, puzzling for the good guys, we are given every thought and action of the bad guy too.
I hadn't realised it but the characters were developing very strongly and by the second half I was enthralled and it became quite the page turner. The ending didn't disappoint and was followed by epilogue type chapters, nice. Ah, and that last chapter...
Very good, more of these characters please Bryan. Recommended to all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing in this book was so descriptive that I could see, feel, smell and taste each delightful word. The characters were well developed. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Cal
If you like crime dramas, you will really enjoy Gilmer's second novel. Felonious Jazz is set in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina and features Jeff Davis Swaine,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by lizzy
I downloaded for free, not knowing what to expect. I really enjoyed the book. Very fast paced from the first page.Published on March 12, 2012 by pnolan
This story contains some unforgettable characaters. The more I read the faster I read to get to the conclusion. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Joyce T. Taylor
I was a little confused in the beginning because of preconceived ideas. Once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I want to congratulate the author for not cheating. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Su Co
FELONIOUS JAZZ was a horse of a very different key than Gilmer's previous book, Kill the Story, but equally as good. Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by Kindle Customer