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What makes this story great (or for me to love it)? Well, we have some outrageous characters who sometimes feel larger than life: Lil' G the schemer who does his best thinking while smoking weed, Bobby the hot-headed brawn, Denise the still angry ex-wife, Dutch the old friend and ex-colleague, Dakota the singer who draws crowds as soon as she begins to sing, Edgar the
idiot who thinks he both God's gift to women and incredibly clever (NOT!), Chaow the long suffering butler to Mister Miracle, Mr Miracle the loud rude rich American who seems to attract the dregs of society, AND members of the Thai mafia! Then, we have nice, crisp writing that takes you alternately through the scenery which is Thailand and a break neck race to see what happens next as these characters meet one another! There are enough twists and turns to make your head spin!
The story itself has a few undercurrents we catch when we think about the characters... The author does an excellent job of conveying the Thai culture... and really South East Asian culture - especially about touching the head! There are indeed funny laugh out loud parts as you wonder really how and why Lil' G/La Garrett and Bobby teamed up... and Edgar... there are indeed such people as Edgar around! He's just not the sharpest tool in the shed; yet, he thinks he's so hot and clever!!!
I was given a free copy of this book to review; however, I enjoyed it so much that I just had to buy a copy to support the author! If you like intrigue, con artists, the golden luck, the totally unpredictable nature of a diverse mix of people in a foreign country, and unpredictability in your story - you will definitely ENJOY reading this book! Want to know more? READ this book! I laughed out loud and sweated in certain parts where it was getting tense...
An ex- wife teams up with two ex-cons to track down and shake-down "Mr.Miracle" for a few of his millions. Meanwhile, Dutch, a former friend and colleague is also searching for him- because getting Mr.Miracle back into the US will exonerate his own legal troubles. Some good suspense who would find who first and what they would reveal, who might turn on who, etc.
Mr. Miracle does not come across as a good guy (but eventually redeeming himself), and the ex-wife and her partners are not likable either, by any stretch of the imagination. You do get insight of the criminals POV (particularly La Garret). Without giving too much away, I found the ending to be satisfying, as everything comes full circle.
I especially appreciated the exotic setting of Thailand- all the descriptions and details felt vivid and real. The author did a great job there, taking me to another world (and it even made me think about possible going there some day- a place that wasn't on my list before). I think this is what ultimately bumped my rating to a five. Maybe it would have been nice to know a little more about Mr.Miracle's "gift" and backstory, but overall it was a good read.
Some sex and violence.
It was an unexpected plot with lots of twists and coincidences, to the point that I really started to question my assumptions about the characters. Nothing went quite as I'd have expected. Neither the violence nor the sex was very graphic.
I had a couple of issues with editing. The one that bothered me most was using the word “shudders” when the correct word was “shutters.” I could have overlooked it, but the wrong word was used twice in the span of a few pages - leading me to believe this was not a mistake, but an intentional act. Another mistake was using Diane when the speaker was clearly Dakota. Aside from these issues, I think it was a great book with a complex plot, with lots of moving parts, that was well executed. I recommend it.
I enjoyed Mr. Miracle very much as the noir novel it is. It is full of action and humor, romance and despair. Readers need to be aware of strong language and violence, but it is certainly worth the time and will provide a much-needed change from the thousands of “cozy” mysteries that have been published recently.