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- Print Length: 170 pages
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- Publication Date: April 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WFC6EZG
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Mystery: SAVANNAH GONE: A Ray Fontaine Mystery (A Ray Fontaine Mystery Thriller & Suspense Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The tough guy as private eye has been many times before, including such greats as Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. Now, we get Ray Fontaine. At least, that seems to be where the author is aiming. The problem is that Ray doesn't seem to be a tough guy so much as he has read too many tough guy stories. Those other tough guys could handle themselves of course. But it wasn't a knee-jerk first impression reaction. With Ray, it is. He has so much testosterone in him that you would expect him to leave little puddles of it all around. He doesn't work out. Instead, he pounds the weight bag and then slams out some sit ups and push ups. He never simply drives away. He slams it into first , stomps the gas, and leaves rubber as he peels out of the space. He runs up steps and pounds on the door instead of walking up and knocking. He sees everyone male as a rival and every (beautiful) woman as a potential conquest. He interrogates instead of asking questions. Frankly, he comes across more as a macho bully than a tough guy.
Despite the main character seemingly always spoiling for a fight, there is almost no actual violence in the story. Ray does work with the police, or at least one. She is a beautiful (naturally) woman that tries to prove she is just as tough and capable as any man. Basically, this means she dresses in a way that doesn't emphasis her body and she cusses a lot. Since Ray is so macho, he also feels the need to cuss frequently. Oftentimes, this cussing is gratuitous and could have been eliminated.
Ray does have a softer side though. He is a doting father, even if he only gets to see his daughter infrequently. He also clearly loves Savannah and nature. Of course, he hates tourists that come to share his town and its environment.
There is one sex scene that is fairly tepid. It felt like it was included more because it was a tradition of the tough guy detective stories than to help this story in any real way.
Finally, the mystery itself was decent and Ray did work for most of what he discovered. But, the ending felt rushed and a little too easy. I'm not sure that I bought that so many people would let Ray get away with his method though, especially taking over interrogations with police present. Also, Ray seems to forget his employer about halfway through the story.
This is a self-published story so there are mistakes. Words left out or added when they weren't needed is the most common. There were also a couple of instances where the possessive was shown as plural instead (boats instead of boat's). Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm for this type of publishing anymore.
This could have been a really good detective story. But the main character needs to learn the difference between being tough and being a jerk. The author also needs to decide if he wants his story to be a tough guy noir story or a gentler mystery filled with a lot of local color and history. I would consider checking out the next installment of the series, but if nothing changes, that would be the last one I read in the series.
All was going well till almost towards the end, when I find that the Savannah Detective, Caroline, who's allowed Fontaine to assist her (political pressure) lets him boss her around *during their investigation!* I'm thinking if someone got to be a Detective, especially a woman, there was a good chance she had to fight her way up the ranks. And then to let a civilian take control of the investigation?
Also, she's shown to get herself into a bad situation just so Fontaine could ride to the rescue. I'm thinking, a real detective would have more sense than that, and would be less wimpy. Somehow that ruined the book for me.
And then I begin to think back to all the other issues I'd ignored with the book (mostly to do with shoddy editing) - jumping to present tense in the middle of a narrative that is in the past tense. Holding back on using commas.
Would I buy the next book in the series? Probably, because the author is funny and the book moves at a steady pace. I just hope editing issues are taken care of (yeah, ending the sentence the way I am. But I'm not an English major.)
Why the three stars, then?