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Jump Cut Paperback – October 27, 2011
"A rollicking good read. Jump Cut is in turns funny and gritty, cozy and hardboiled, romantic and illusion-shattering."
"An engaging heroine every woman can identify with: good-natured, smart, harried, all too aware she's growing older. She just wants to catch a break. I loved her almost as much as I loved Rory Tate's breezy, fast-paced writing style!" -- Katy Munger, award-winning author of the Casey Jones mysteries
"Great book, hopefully the beginning of a new series, characters are worth visiting again and again. Highly recommended."
From the Author
Rory Tate is a pseudonym for bestselling mystery writer Lise McClendon, author of Blackbird Fly. Look for Rory Tate's newest thriller, PLAN X, an action-packed thrill ride from Montana to Washington DC to London, featuring a female cop just back from Iraq who takes her task of finding next-of-kin way too personally.
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So says the epigram at the beginning of Rory Tate's novel, Jump Cut. It's a fitting title and motif for the story of Mimi Raynard, a metaphor for the paradoxes with which she lives. If one can be both hapless and brilliant, emotionally secure and grieving a parentless childhood, independent and longing for connection, then one can be Mimi. A reporter who's had some unfortunate on-air moments, almost certainly because of circumstances beyond her control, Mimi's in search of journalistic vindication. She teams up with Shad Mulgrew, a falsely-accused narcotics detective in search of his own vindication. In the serendipitous world of detective fiction, the reporter and the detective are working the same case, which jumps from Seattle to Moldova and back to Seattle, from hurt to healing, from disconnection to intimacy.
All the elements are there: prostitutes and drug-running, newsrooms and squad rooms, romance and action. Jump Cut is in turns funny and gritty, cozy and hardboiled, romantic and illusion-shattering. It's also a rollicking good read.
I loved Mimi and her out-of-control life, though I'll admit it did get depressing when EVERYTHING seemed to go wrong for her. I actually wanted to smack the younger, "hotter" girl reporter for what she did to Mimi, but she got what was coming to her. Served her right, too. Same with her scum ex-husband. I also liked Shad, the cop, and I was dying to know who was setting him up and how he'd get out of it. Mimi's family was weird but funny and I liked all of them. Except her dad, who was a total loser, but he did do something good in the end. (Call me weird but I thought it was great when Maddie sang that song at the funeral - it just seemed fitting. Makes me want to use it for my own funeral!)
In conclusion, I do recommend this book. It seems to jump around sometimes (hence the title) but don't give up cause it all comes together at the end. I thought it was a fun and exciting read. You should try it.
Mimi says whatever comes into her head, which isn't always a smart thing to do. Meanwhile, we are introduced to Shad Mulgrew, a cop who's as tight-lipped as Mimi is gregarious. A healty number of supporting characters are involved but they have good character development and individual voices so it's not confusing who's who.
The plot is well-paced, the characters are well-defined and mostly believable, and the writing style is pleasant. While this isn't great literature, it's amusing and intriguing enough for light reading.
Mimi's journey takes her to the tiny, mostly unknown, country of Moldova, where her long-lost father is working on a clandestine project. As Mimi and Muldrew fight for their jobs and search for a resolution to the murders, they are surprised to find that not only is there a dirty detective involved, but Mimi's father seems to have found his way into the tragic mix of things as well.
The characters in Jump Cut are well-defined and interesting. From Shad, Mimi, and Mimi's grandma to the evil-doers from Moldova,and beyond, you get a real sense of who these characters are - beloved, abandoned, courageous, selfish, self-deprecating, good, evil, misunderstood, and more. For a good read, read Jump Cut.