Top critical review
Good concept so-so execution
on November 11, 2011
Sorry guys, but in my opinion this is NOT the best thing out since Michael Connelly.
The concept for the plot is intriguing. The problem is that pace comes to a dead stop whenever the author / characters engage in what seems like endless navel gazing. There are l-o-n-g passages -ne chapters - where one character or another explore the meaning of life or relationships, or past loves, dead wives or the weather. Interminable internal mind discussions that are just plain boring and serve little purpose in advancing the story.
All the cliches are here: the angry, distant teen-aged daugher; the wife dead of cancer, the "lithe" and beautiful new partner, and the jealous, spiteful boss who constantly hinders the hero's investigation.
This book could have benefited from being about 25% shorter - lose a couple of characters, red herrings and meaningless sub-plots.
On the other hand it cost $1.99. I didn't waste the money....just a lot of my time.