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'Life's a Bitch. So Am I.' Rachel Cord, P.I. Paperback – October 27, 2008
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"Rachel Cord, P.I., is certainly one of the most memorable P.I.'s that I have ever encountered . . . . The fast pace things happen in this story often left me breathless and unable to put the book down." -- Cherie Fisher (Reader Views)
"A great detective novel with sarcastic humor and gritty realism. The mystery is solid and complex, and Conary does an excellent job of presenting several different threads...and painstakingly weaving them together, so that the resolve at the end is deliciously satisfying. The book is loaded with well defined and interesting characters, and the writing is clean enough to stay out of the way... Conary does a wonderful job describing the details of Rachel's investigations which are always my favorite part of a detective novel."
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Sexual predators and gay-bashing are the main themes and Rachel Cord, P.I. is assigned to these cases. She takes her work seriously and it's getting to her. She feels responsible for certain events that take place. Events she has no control over.
What I like about Rachel is that she isn't some super hero and reacts like a lot of "real" people would when she gets the pi-- scared out of her. And that's happened more than once during an extended horrific scene a bit past midway in the book. This part of the story is really difficult so here's my warning.
I think the only reason I purchased this book (besides it's cheap price) is that is is billed as 'sarcastic humor' however I don't recall laughing much (if at all). The subjects dealt with are way too serious for much humor and certainly Rachel wasn't going through anything which would bring her chuckles.
Conary is a talented author though I'm not sure how to rate the book or whether I would purchase another from this author.
...Addendum (a day later, now that I've started reading another book by a different author and found that this next book has nothing that holds my interest...), I've discovered that in Conary's book Life's A Bitch. So Am I, even though it seems as though it's mostly about sex -- sexual preference, sexual predators, late night calls to a transvestite (which was totally weird, by the way), etc, there was something in the reading that draws one in (to the book) and maintains the interest throughout and I was finished reading it in one day.
But it is a very good thriller-mystery in the Mickey Spillane fashion. Tight prose, fast-paced action and a good storyline. It's one of the first gay PI stories I've ever read. The female PI Rachel Cord is gay. Very different but interesting with some good insights into the problem of gay bashing in our society.
It's a fast read. I finished it in three days and the author has a satisfactory conclusion that wraps up all the loose ends. His sequel Rachel Cord, PI 'Still a Bitch': A Confidential Investigations Mystery would be worth checking out.
I didn't even get past the first chapter. It's clear that the author has never been inside a police station in his life. He's never had a conversation with a cop that didn't involve signing on the bottom line, and he's never interacted with a woman.
Okay, that last part is an exaggeration. I'm sure the author has held a conversation with a woman. But the opening sequence where the protagonist is talking about her breasts FAILS. It's not snarky, it's not cynical, it's not sexy, it's not even interesting. It just shows a complete lack of understanding of women, and of breasts. The author can't even convincingly write about breasts.
That's what I got from this: complete and total ignorance about human beings in general.
A waste of time and money.
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Light, witty, has a pretty serious violence part, but worth the read.