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Jefferson Blythe, Esquire Kindle Edition
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Things don’t at all as planned for Jefferson. Right from the moment he lands, he’s dogged by a woman who seems to have mistaken him for someone else. When things start to unravel, Jefferson calls George, his neighbor from childhood who was like a big brother, until Jefferson screwed things up. George comes to Jefferson’s rescue, more than once, but rekindling their friendship, or more, proves elusive for the harried young man.
“Jefferson Blythe, Esquire” is fairly classic Lanyon. At its center is a mystery that isn’t easily unraveled, by the characters or the reader. In addition there are a number of quirky secondary characters that provide a lot of comic relief, in between murders. Jefferson Blythe is a standard Lanyon hero. He’s no super-sleuth. He stumbles into the mystery and spends most of the book bumbling his way through it. George seems like an unlikely, and sometimes unlikeable, love interest, but that’s also a common Lanyon touch.
Having so many familiar archetypes doesn’t necessarily detract from the story. It’s probably why the story seems so complete at less than 200 print pages. It’s a pleasant read that will divert you for a little while.
I really liked Jefferson. I thought his journey, his confusion, and his ultimate acceptance was really great and felt very authentic. I just really loved him!
I liked George fine, though he did come off as frustratingly cryptic and distant. I get why, but he went a little overboard with it, I think...
Fun settings, great side characters, and while the whole caper was mildly unbelievable, it was interesting and fun and I wasn't too bothered.
I will say that I thought the artist cameo was a little random, given that nothing really happened at all there. And, while the ending wasn't quite as abrupt as usual, I was a little disappointed by the lack of clear resolution we got with the romance.
It's supposedly all about a legendary, lost Faberge egg worth millions, which the bad guys think Jefferson Blythe has.
But it's also about Jefferson finding his own identity; the more the bad guys mess with him, paradoxically the more confident he becomes about himself and what he wants in life. And the bad guys do mess with him. Lanyon's talent for slam-bang action scenes is on full display in this story. Jefferson Blythe's changing levels of self-confidence are a major ingredient in the intertwined romance, which has its own suspenseful ups and downs. An old Hollywood movie trailer would shout "THRILLS, SUSPENSE AND ROMANCE ON THE MYSTERIOUS STREETS OF PARIS!"
Sure, but here it is rendered in Lanyon's masterful prose and seamless dialogue. Don't skip this one.