- File Size: 1785 KB
- Print Length: 95 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Renegade Press (November 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003URRSQE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Five Uneasy Pieces Kindle Edition
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Overall: 4 stars
Five Uneasy Pieces is a collection of five short stories, three of which were previously published. The author wrote that the title is a play on the film "Five Easy Pieces."
I enjoyed the stories, but some stories - especially the promised twists - worked better than others. The author had a straightforward style of writing that was in tune with the stories.
Here are the stories and my individual ratings and comments:
"Deadly Detour" (2.5): This was my least favorite story. It was well written, but the twist at the end seemed a bit lame and too coincidental to me.
"The Right to Remain Silent" (3.0): When the DA fired a prosecutor in this town, he didn't kid around.
"A Woman Who Thinks" (5.0): Not becoming personally involved with patients is a sacred axiom in medicine. When a psychiatrist got caught up in Lila's troubles, his past came back to haunt him with a vengeance.
"The People Next Door" (5.0): This was a humorous story with a nice twist at the end. It would have made a dandy Twilight Zone episode.
"Sympathy for the Devil" (4.0)": Lainie was fairly certain that her husband Ed was cheating on her. Did her friend Roz have ulterior motives when she referred Lainie to a private investigator?
Five Uneasy Pieces was a short book with 1,705 Kindle locations, including an excerpt from Debbi Mack's novel Least Wanted.
One quiet afternoon, I found myself with nothing major to do and wanting something quick to read with some zing. So picked out Debbi's Five Uneasy Pieces from my list of books already downloaded to my Kindle. I was NOT disappointed. It gave me exactly what I was looking for - something that entertained and surprised me at every turn, that I was able to complete in an afternoon, and that left me completely satisfied. She has a clean, no-nonsense style to her writing that I find particularly enticing. I look forward to reading a lot more of Debbi Mack.
Debbi Mack's collection offers readers exactly that. Easy reading, investigation style.
All 5 of these stories offer different things; payback, bad timing, deception...but at the same time they are all identical. How? Irony. Mack's ability to smack her own characters in the face is impressive, and because she weaves a twisted tale BEFORE she does this it makes her stories even more enthralling.
However...the best thing about "5 Uneasy Pieces" is that (with just a few short stories) you are able to get a good clean look into Mack's writing style. Is she for you? Can you stand the 500 classic movie references she throws out, and most importantly do you "believe" her self-made glimpses into the world of investigation. If you answered yes, then it enables you to purchase one of her full length novels guilt free. If the answer is no... no big loss, it was only 99 cents and I'm willing to bet you have more than that in your car's console.
If you like short easy reads...go for it. Why the hell not.
Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: never give your shrink your address...it's inevitable that one day they will snap. Do you want them knowing where you sleep?
Least Wanted) presents five seemingly straightforward tales of crime and
mystery, but her protagonists display a wide variety of multi-layered
personalities and the motivations that go with them.
Deceptively muscular, this slender collection reminds that there are myriad ways
to tell the tales that look into the criminal mind -- and that, given the right
circumstances, we all have criminal minds. Avoiding lurid details but not the
twisting (and twisted) mental minefields that call out for them, Mack navigates
the darkness of the American soul as well as anyone you'd care to name in the
Borne on sleek, no-nonsense prose that gets to the heart of each hard-boiled or
noir story, the collection only lacks one thing -- more tales to tease and
tantalize. Debbi Mack's definitely got what it takes to weave entertaining
stories, but she has to weave more of them. And soon.
-- W.D. Gagliani, author of SAVAGE NIGHTS
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