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Law and Order: Dead Line (Law & Order (Ibooks)) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004
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If you are not familiar with the series, you should know before reading this book that the mystery does not follow a neat and clear path (and I'm not giving anything away by saying this...I'm just generalizing the series, honest). And, only part of the book is the mystery of whodunnit; the rest is the cops and lawyers putting together their case. So, if you're not an L&O watcher, be prepared for more details than the ordinary off-the-shelf murder mystery.
Now, if you ARE a fan of the series, you will be pleased to know that the characters we know and love are drawn out, I felt, exactly as they are in the show. I could practically hear Lennie Briscoe's punchy remarks and Ed Green's computer know-how in the dialogue (Green even "Googles" something or other). Serena Southerlyn, Arthur Branch, Anita Van Buren, Emil Skoda, and--my favorite--Jack McCoy are perfectly portrayed as well. In fact, this is the best part of the novel, watching these characters interact. Because there is actually even MORE there than in the TV show. You get a few side glimpses into the characters, like McCoy's womanizing behavior when it comes to his assistant DAs, and you hear Southerlyn's thoughts as a suspect eyes her legs. This is more than what you get on the show, when the dialogue is all you have to go on.
For this reason, I know Law & Order viewers will enjoy this book. But I don't think you need to like the show to like the book. The storyline is solid. It's not world-class literature. But I didn't expect it to be so.
I hope I come across more Law & Order books. This one was gripping. I can't say that about many other books based on TV.
What the book did expose were the various thoughts of the charactors as they reacted to different situations. The instance when the suspect is caught by Serena staring at her legs and how she uses it later in the book is a perfect example.
Here's to more Law & Order books but with more exploration of the lives of Greene, McCoy and Southerlyn. I have a feeling that Briscoe's nights involve a lean corned beef sandwich, a Zantac and interestingly enough, an hour in front of the TV watching a show like Law & Order.
The real hook in this book is that the author is writing a genre book about which the crime is realated to the lower rungs of book publishing. Probably not a stretch to say the author is all to familiar with this world, and the examination of it is pretty entertaining, as well as educational. The last few pages of the book makes one wonder if the author has personal experience of being "taken" by the fake editing industry, or knows someone who has.
There are a few throwaway moments for fans of the series harkening back to earlier days in the series which one would only get if one had followed the series pretty obsessively, but let's face it if you are buying a spin off book like this, you are a hardcore fan.
Worth the cover price, and probably a perfect long plane trip read. Not really worth keeping after the initial read though.