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The setting is interesting - Atlantic City in the late 70s, which allows for some nostalgic props, and Entis's descriptive prose is entertaining. I recommend The Green Pearl Caper, and I happily await the next book in the series.
Parts of this book felt like they were set in the golden age of black & white movies and noir detective stories (perhaps the 40s or 50s) and some parts definitely feel solidly centered in 1979. The blend worked well with this story since our hero, PI Dickens, is a bit of a stereotype. It’s this well-known stereotype that let me slip into Damien’s life easily and pick up on the mystery right away instead of worrying about what he was all about. The cliche is complete with beautiful, efficient, and single secretary Millie Hewitt, who has a thing for her boss. Which brings me to the part that didn’t work so well with this 40s mashed up into 1979 – gender roles. I would have been happier with a bit more depth to the ladies in this tale.
Many years ago, Damien saved a young Celine Sutherland, and it’s a bit of a tragedy for Damien that she is now dead by his gun, with him neatly framed for it. With big money in play, there’s a list of potential culprits. Tracking down clues is a challenge in 1979 without computerized records, the internet, or cell phones. I quite enjoyed watching Damien and Millie do their best to dig up info without getting on the bad side of the law or a solid beat down from questionable parties interested in the case.
I did get a little chuckle out of some of the character names. Like Damien Dickens made me wonder if the author is a Dickens fan. Then we have Detective James Holmes, who makes me wonder if the author is a Sherlock Holmes fan as well. It was fun to see these little potential nods to other great authors.
The mystery itself was pretty good with enough hints to guide me in the right direction but not so many as to narrow down the choices to one person over the rest. At least, not until the big reveal near the end.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Tom Lennon did an OK job. First, he’s perfect for Damien Dickens. He sounds like a hard used PI who’s down on his luck. His female voices could use a bit more femininity. There were a few times where the volume of the narration changed, and while these variations weren’t enough to damage your hearing, I prefer a smooth recording.
Although currently popular, first person is not typically my first choice in the books I read; however, in this case, it fit the story. Well handled by the author, we learn who the villains are along with our protagonist and the plot never feels contrived to keep the mysteries a secret from the reader, but as with the best of kind, classic noir mysteries rolled along at just the right pace for this reader.
An enjoyable read, offering a bit of escape from reality, without seeming unbelievable. The first in the series, but not the last, and not the last one I will read.
It certainly has a great deal of picture painting with the detail presented through out. This is mostly a positive though sometimes, I found it a bit too much. However, that is just a personal taste.
I liked that we follow Dickens on a discovery that has twists to it, but also helps hold the reader to conceivable conclusions. It isn’t random information pulling that comes out of nowhere.
I am totally looking forward to Damien's next adventure from this exciting new author.