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To Don: WRITE ON!
Frank Rozzani and his partner Clifford Jones are asked to look into a reported abuse case that doesn't add up for the police. Even though it looks cut and dry on the surface, the closer Rossani and Jones look the more it seems the victim accuses other men of abuse just before they turn up dead. The problem is, she's squeaky clean and she has rock-solid alibis for their murders.
Before long Rozzani and Jones discover someone stalking their investigation, sabotaging them with the Feds. The charges escalate against their client, and they realize the criminal they're persuing can manipulate cyberspace and people with little effort and no remorse.
Once readers move past the story, the book fades quickly. Massenzio writes exclusively in the passive voice, slowing the story down, and the domestic scenes almost all take place as Rozzani's office or the jazz club where he and his partner play in a jazz trio until two in the morning. The scenes barely float past on listless prose, leaving readers skimming ahead to the next real plot scene. Sadly, the investigation consumes little more than half the book.
Massenzio's protagonists, Rozzani and Jones feel like paper doll characters contrived from an online noir tropes site. Rozzani, an east coast cop hiding out in Florida after the mob killed his wife following a big case. He gave his son up for adoption hoping to keep him safe, but now they made contact and are trying to make a relationship. Jones (aka Jonesy), a lawyer who runs a surf shop and just happens to be a computer hacker. Both play semi-pro jazz for a restaurant owner with shady connections.
The difference between a good noir novel and a great noir novel is the reader's emotional connection to the characters and Massenzio fails to forge that connection. This shouldn't stop you from reading Frankly My Dear. Baldacci and Patterson can't write characters or decent prose either and their books clear off the shelves. Trust me, for Indie novelists, Massenzio, still stands heads above the pack.
It's like Scotch. I want a 25 year old MacAllan, but how often will I find one? So I'll settle for a Glenlivet or Glenfiddich 18. But I'm not rich. When push comes to shove I'll take a Johnny Walker or even an Old Bushmills, or what the hell? There's always Bourbon. And I'll enjoy them all to the last drop.
5 = Delicious dialogue, crisp prose, clever characters & compelling plot
4 = Great read, won't want to stop (5 for many reviewers)
3 = Worth buying
2 = I will tell you what audience will like this, but other readers might want to look elsewhere
1 = If I review a book this bad I felt seriously compelled to warn you
Phillip T. Stephens is the author of "Cigerets, Guns & Beer," "Raising Hell" and the new release "Seeing Jesus."
Frankly My Dear is the fourth entry in Don Massenzio’s Detective series featuring Private Investigator, Frank Rozzani, and his partner Clifford “Jonesy” Jones. This is my first foray into the adventures of Frank and Jonesy and overall I must say I enjoyed it. The main characters are solid and believable and reading how they work together and live their lives was interesting and fun for me.
As I said, though this is the fourth book in the series, it was my first therefore some things which did bother me could perhaps just be my lack of knowledge in the series or the author’s writing style. For instance, we begin with a short prologue from a key character’s POV which is not seen again. It seems to exist only to show their plight though we do meet them throughout the story. Again this could be a style the author uses I’m unfamiliar with however it doesn’t affect the story either way it just felt out of place to me.
Another is the first two chapters felt a bit slowed by the wealth of back story and other details. The back story info was there for readers like me which is fine, but I did find myself wanting to hurry through some of it along with the very detailed routes taken and food enjoyed. It is not wrong by any means; I just felt the pacing was slowed by it.
From about chapter three on though I was hooked and the pacing was perfect, and kept me hanging onto the events taking place and rising dangers. The great twists and turns throughout were very satisfying however the ending was a bit lacking for me. No spoilers here. The final resolution doesn’t ruin the book for me but I was hoping for more. That said I look forward to picking up the previous three installments! I’d rate Frankly My Dear a solid 3.5 stars out of 5 but as I can’t I always default to the next one up. Still a fun read!
Even though 4th, the most recent, in this series, it does well as a stand alone.
This time around, their newest client is a man accused of domestic abuse. He swears that it is HE who is the victim of a psychopathic ex-girlfriend. She's already cost him his job working for an insurance company. He's had to resort to doing yard work to make ends meet.
It seems the ex-girlfriend is now charging that he beat her up and is out for more revenge.
Once again, Frank and Jonesy place themselves in harm's way as they investigate. And what they find is a game changer ... why did the girlfriend legally change her name? And is she really as dangerous as the client says ... or is he trying for a cover-up to keep himself out of jail?
This is a well-written novel, full of suspense. The author has done a very good job is exploring domestic violence when it happens to men. The characters are finely drawn and conversations are realistic.
My thanks to the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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I love the characters in this book! Frank and Jonsie are the perfect combination of a PI and attorney.Read more
The combination of Frank Rozzani and his longtime friend, Jonesy are always a good read.Read more