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Only Son Paperback – March 17, 2012
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About the Author
Pam Meister graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in communications. An online political and social commentator since 2005, she has also been a lover of the true crime and crime novel genres for over a decade. She lives in Connecticut with her family. Shawn Goodwin has been a member of the Philadelphia Police Department since 1994. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, and during his college career, he proudly served as a writer, features editor, and editor-in-chief of the university newspaper, The Hawk. He was the official satirist at Family Security Matters for nearly three years and has been blogging since 2005. Shawn lives in Philadelphia with his wife and four children.
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Top customer reviews
That said, this is a first novel by two authors, and there are some issues.
A better job of proofreading would have helped, but I'm notoriously nit-picky on that point. The other issues are mostly hand-over of viewpoint (a common weakness, these days, even in best-selling authors); somewhat wooden characterization; and a few absolutely clanking writing choices. There is a reason for avoiding cliches - and unless one is making a joke, please, Pamela and Shawn, don't use "like the plague". Please?
All in all, a good first effort. Experience will improve the work, and I'd like to see more.
I found the story fairly easy to read, the characters are well developed (I liked the good guys, and disliked the bad guys), with some actual depth to them, rather than being one dimensional.
There were some editing issues, and a problem with the Kindle version having several blank pages between each chapter, others also commented on the blank pages, so it wasn't just my version.
The author has tried to give the story a gritty, Sam Spade type of flavor, but as the story progressed, this gritty aspect diminished. The gritty aspect came off as choppy, rather that gritty. I found the pace picked up partway through, and progressed to a satisfactory conclusion.
I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like a good murder mystery.
I've rated it 3 stars, mostly for editing, and the slightly choppy feel of the first half.
It was an "in the trenches" examination of a murder investigation by two likeable and more importantly, believable, characters.
As mentioned in previous reviews, there were a few editing/proofreading issues, which in my opinion did nothing to detract from the quality of the story.
I'm rating this book 5 stars...
A. Because I can.
B. To reflect the amount of credit I feel the authors deserve for simply plunging ahead and doing it, while taking their lumps and learning from the experience.
Ya know, when they pull a diamond out of the earth it looks nothing like one in a jeweler's showcase.
But, it's still a diamond.
Keep 'em comin'.
Roses are Red,
So is Bacon.
Reviews are Hard,