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The Last Detective Alive Paperback – May 11, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Frank Burly Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Kennydale Books; First edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982273622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982273623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. R. Gray on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Frank Burly is a timely character; he's back for his annual appearance, and once again struggling with time. You might find other books out there discussing what happens when physics encounters consciousness, but John Swartzwelder's newest comic masterpiece is the first to reveal what happens when physics encounters unconsciousness, e.g. Frank Burly, "The Last Detective Alive." If you're a Swartzwelder fan, you know that Frank has gotten mixed up with time before, like in "Earth Vs. Everybody" and "The Time Machine Did It," but this new adventure is more tasteful. This time Frank's preference for day-old donuts leads to the invention of donut holes, (kind of like worm holes in the so-called "real world," but with powdered sugar and flavored fillings). Frank literally stumbles into what could happen if the wrong types figure out to travel through time while simultaneously discovering the dangers of second hand snuff. After Edward "Blinky" Blinkman steals Frank's identity, Frank discovers that if you don't "...have any valid form of identification at all, like me, the only thing you could do was vote." While chasing "Blinky," Frank learns what has happened to all those old electronic gadgets and rotary-dial phones that are so "last century." And what do you think might happen if Frank met the founding fathers? Would he find out the truth about the Boston Tea Party? And if he confesses to being a witch, is he? And what if he met Charles Darwin? Would Darwin's next book really be about the Origin of Baseball? Perhaps Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku need to read up on Frank Burly's latest adventure so they can get their stories straight on time. It's either like a wave, a fabric, a river or a donut hole, but with Frank Burly leading the way, a trip though it is never boring.
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This is the last of the Swartzwelder books for me (I read the 50' Dectective prior to) and this book, while entertaining in parts, didn't match up to most of the other Burly stories IMO. It was a bit over the top from the get-go and I've grown tired of time-travel stories in this series. It's not that I don't like time-travel as a plot device, I just feel it's been overused by John, and compared to the three others with time-travel this story by-far is the least impressive to me. Aside from these points, and the price versus size of the book, I felt I could go no higher than 3 stars; however I would still recommend to anybody who have already started this series of books. There's only 8 Swartzwelder books in total and could all be read during a weekend.
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In The Last Detective Alive, John Swartzwelder's back with another Frank Burly adventure, but you're probably already aware of that. In this episode, Burly travels through time causing chaos wherever he treads. For veteran Swartzwelder readers, you might think this plot sound a lot like The Time Machine Did It, and you'd be right. Swartzwelder is somewhat rehashing the idea he briefly used at the end of The Time Machine Did It, but here he extends the joke for 130 or so pages. And you know what? It works. What's most interesting about The Last Detective Alive is the fact that Swartzwelder is making a lot of social commentary this time around. In that sense, it reminded me a lot of Double Wonderful. But the commentary isn't overly intrusive, nor does it ever really take a firm stance on anything. Rather, Swartzwelder seems to take an issue and point out its absurdity.
The big question is: Is the book funny? Shame on you for asking. Yes, it's hilarious. I was constantly laughing and rereading passages for friends throughout the book. The only negative comment I have is that it reads like Swartzwelder didn't really have a plan for the book. I frequently imagined Swartzwelder typing at his computer and then asking himself "Ok, what now?" That being said, it's still funny. This isn't the kind of book that asks you to suspend your disbelief. You're taken along for a ride that doesn't make sense, and it doesn't particularly matter. It's fun for all the right Swartzweldian reasons.
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I've noticed a trend in John Swartzwelder's extremely farcical novels: they can be real funny and have interesting storylines that include some well executed mystery elements, but the ending is real dumb either because of the events that take place or because the plot loses focus or both. That's when the story's quality of humor plummets, and it can make some feel disappointed in having read the book. Unfortunately his last book, "The Last Detective Alive," is a good example of this. In this book, the slow-witted detective Frank Burly is chasing after a criminal named Edward Blinkman, also known as Blinky, and has been trying to capture him for quite some time now. At one point Burly comes real close to capturing Blinky when he suddenly disappears in front of Burly's eyes. Some time afterward Burly begins to notice all sorts of people in the streets randomly disappearing and eventually discovers that the town is filled these vortexes that send people back in time. He ends up using these to search for Blinky, and the two end up causing a lot of trouble in the various time periods they visit while searching and hiding from each other.

For the most part I thought this was a fun and entertaining novel. There were a few brief scenes here and there that seemed too stupid to be funny, but overall the Swartzwelder's humor was pretty consistent in this book until the end. As I mentioned earlier, the story becomes real dumb toward the end and it isn't very funny. I think anyone who's enjoyed Swartzwelder's other books will also enjoy this one, but anyone else who reads it might be disappointed. They might like it at first, but they'll be disappointed in how the story ends.
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