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Murder Imperfect Paperback – December 30, 2009
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Before returning to writing, Neal Sanders spent 35 years as a senior executive in high technology. He makes his home near Boston.
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Murder Imperfect by Neal Sanders is a wonderful and intriguing story. You know from the first sentence who the murderer is because she tells you. Behind this imperfect murder is a compelling story, revealed in layers and with each layer you learn more. You find yourself vacillating between sympathy for the wife and thinking less kindly of her. She is Murder Imperfectlikable, in spite of what she's done but the fact you like her leaves a funny taste in your mouth.
The voice is engaging and pulls you in and Mr. Sanders has done a good job of developing his characters, even those that play secondary and minor roles. He the story moves at a fast pace, in spite of court room scenes.
If you enjoy dissecting murders, getting in the head of those who commit such actions, you will enjoy this book and the ride it takes you on.
Initially I thought "Contracting??"
I don't own a house and have never hired a contractor. The closest experience I've had is seeing the annoying TV ads for Angie's List.
The mystery novel turned out to be a fantastic read!
I found myself quickly turning the book's pages and laughing out loud at the internal comments made by the snarky protagonist "Anne Evans Carlton".
In person, I know I would get a kick out of meeting her.
Unfortunately she is a fictional character.
Another great thing about Mr. Sander's writing is I couldn't guess the story's ending.
After I was finished I immediately looked up his earlier books on Amazon and ordered TWO copies of his first novel "Murder Imperfect", one for me, one as a return gift.
Murder mysteries that keep you guessing and make me laugh, count me in.
The ruthlessness of the delightful heroine is worthy of Becky Sharpe. The author succeeds in the difficult task of keeping a mercenary murderess a sympathetic character by giving her not only wit, humor and intelligence but also flashes of self-understanding.
The story is thoroughly grounded in the Boston area setting--the suburban faux-paradise of Wellesley--the fashions at the Chestnut Hill Mall, the sailing escapes on the North Shore--and the worlds of political and legal machinations and financial manipulations.
What I like best about the book is Neal Saunders' perfect pitch in creating the voices of his characters. Kat tells her story with an ego-centric bitchiness that is irresistibly funny: "A continuous diet of pink and green sweaters and skirts is barely tolerable in a child of five. In an adult, it shows at best a lack of imagination, and at worst, a whiff of psychosis." (37). One lawyer has 'mousy roots,' another wears Macy's suits. Her mug shot at the police station shows her height, barefoot, as 5'6"; "I consider the three extra inches from my heels to be part of who I am, and it's right there on my driver's license. This was sheer pettiness." (150)
She is joyously alert to the disingenuous jargon of those she deals with; the cash she steals is "a liquidity event" to her financial advisor. Her husband's company announces it will not pay its bills 'until such time as their future 'has greater clarity'." (131)
This book is a wonderful entertainment. The generosity of detail, from police procedure to techniques of cornering markets, is Dickensian. What a splendid first novel!