Second Story Man Paperback – November 12, 2017
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1946502553
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946502551
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.72 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Down & Out Books (November 12, 2017)
- Language: : English
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“Second Story Man” is a different kind of page-turner. It’s a gripping and gritty game of cat-and-mouse being played by three vividly drawn characters: a master cat burglar, who seems almost pleased that he’s being pursued because it offers him (a pathological narcissist) the opportunity to demonstrate his superior intelligence and skill, as he almost boastfully continues his work in affluent communities, and two (very different and appealing) cops working together for whom the case is personal, and who are determined to bring him down. Salzberg has ingeniously chosen to tell the story in alternating chapters, with each chapter narrated in the distinctive voice of one of his three principals. This approach simultaneously broadens our perspective and draws us more deeply into the complicated minds of his three driven characters.
Salzberg has concocted a wonderful book that is perfect summer reading. When I say “summer reading,” that is not to say that it lacks weight or substance—it merely means that it reads so smoothly and effortlessly, it’s something to treat yourself to on a beach or while relaxing. But you’ll find yourself totally immersed in the story’s action.
The plot moves quickly and what at first almost seems like a good-natured cat-and-mouse game has enough twists and turns that it’ll catch you up short along the way.
The voices are distinct—I easily cast the movie in my head as I was reading it—and the multiple first person style is a perfect vehicle to show the shifting perspectives.
Treat yourself to this book—you’ll be happy you did.