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The Man in the Crooked Hat Hardcover – November 28, 2017
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Praise for The Man in the Crooked Hat
“Mr. Dolan is a skillful writer. His well-balanced story is full of tension, sorrow, suspense and a lingering sense of uncertainty. . . . In the course of his gripping tale, Mr. Dolan makes even his strangest and most vile characters understandable—not to excuse but to explain them, with appropriate measures of pity and terror.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Clever . . . ‘The Man in the Crooked Hat’ expertly splinters into several investigations and delivers parallel stories of Jack’s quest and Michael’s rebuilding of his life. Each plot tendril blissfully leads to the next as Dolan illustrates intelligent plotting. A hint of humor and a flair for the ironic also elevate the story.”—Associated Press
“A multi-layered, suspenseful mystery-thriller with nuanced characters guaranteed to propel the plot and hold any reader’s interest.”—Huffington Post
“An unpredictable mystery with an off-kilter plot and distinctive characters . . . with deft dialogue propelling its plot.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Relentless . . . Superior prose, plotting, and characterization put Dolan in the top rank of crime novelists.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
Praise for Harry Dolan:
"The twists and turns flow effortlessly. . . . Dolan's writing is excellent, and readers can look forward to his future efforts the way millions of us look forward to the ever more superb novels of Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman and Sue Grafton. A new master mystery writer emerges."--ForbesMagazine
"Dolan has a talent for ingenious, serpentine plots. . . . [He] is an inventive, offbeat writer."--The Washington Post
"Dolan is one of America's best new crime writers; if you haven't discovered him, you're in for a real treat."--Lansing State Journal
About the Author
Harry Dolan is the national bestselling author of Bad Things Happen, Very Bad Men, and The Last Dead Girl. He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. A native of Rome, New York, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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The best PI’s in literature are always brooding, brilliant, and a bit lost. They’re the big-hearted under-achievers that are always on the outside looking in on a normal life but the man or woman you want to have your back or be your friend. Jack Pellum, the protagonist here, is just such a man.
A former detective, Pellum’s wife is murdered and the police are without a suspect. Pellum, of course, carries the burden of finding her killer to the point of obsession. He ultimately uncovers the truth, but it is a complex and serpentine path of criminality that makes “the butler did it” look childish in in comparison.
Jack is the son of a very well connected federal judge who is over-bearing and meddling, but that tension never gets fully developed. That doesn’t detract from the story but I was left with some anticipation that never quite got fully satisfied. Perhaps in a future work.
The book itself is not set in New York, Palm Beach, or Los Angeles, which in and of itself sets it apart. The plot unfolds in Detroit, a city of rich contrasts. Once a bustling metropolis that boasted an architecture and cultural scene that rivaled cities many times its size due to the wealth created by the automobile, it is a city struggling, with some success, to reclaim its lost glory. It is both a bit magnificent and gritty at the same time.
There are plenty of twists to the plot, mostly unforeseen, and none goes so far as to risk crossing the line that holds the suspended disbelief intact. The writing is excellent and the dialogue, in particular, is crisp and efficient, but remains human, as you would expect in a good literary novel. Dolan is a first-rate storyteller and a first-rate writer and the two qualities together make for an outstanding read.
I have no doubt that this author will continue to build on his past success. It is richly deserved.
And each book is different - no formula here. Man In The Crooked Hat is populated with lots of interesting people - and a look into their lives. Each touched by tragedy it is both painful and heartening to see how they survive. Lots of twists and turns keeping me up late into the night