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Some Degree of Murder Paperback – April 27, 2012
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The story is told from the point of view of two main characters each of whom have the same objective--identifying a killer and bringing him to justice. Their separate takes on what constitutes justice adds to the angst of the story.The technique of side-by-side investigations was interesting. It was also interesting that though they weren't out to help the other, each inadvertently aided the other in the search for the murderer.
There are language issues, some sex issues (very little in the way of step--by-step descriptions however), violence, sadism, gore. If these trouble in a story you would do well to avoid this book.
this is a fairly fast paced book. It is violent and the language is, at times, foul. The enforcer's motivation is unconvincing but he is the most interesting character in the book. The detective is far less compelling and his interaction with his wheel chair bound nephew's babysitter is just plain creepy. The bulk of the characters are seedy, hookers, drug addicts, criminals, gang members, politically motivated, ambitious superiors, lazy and/or corrupt cops. They are one dimensional and it was hard to work up any enthusiasm for them. the writing isn't brilliant but it is not a bad read.
Detective John Tower is called in to investigate another murder. Another young lady seemingly involved in the seedier side of life. The similarities of the murders seem to indicate a serial killer, but John doesn't want to jump the gun too quickly. Virgil Kelley is muscle for hire and has no problem dealing with issues in a very violent way. He has been asked to track down the killer of the first murdered girl. Things are personal however, as the girl was his daughter. John and Virgil, in trying to find the killer, become aware of each other, and now it becomes a race to find the killer first. One will leave him alive and the other won't. In a race of vengeance, do the rules really matter?
I really enjoyed this book. Each chapter is written either from John or Virgil's POV and it allows you to get deep into their mindset. The climactic ending has the chapters becoming shorter and the POV swopping so quickly it's an adrenalin rush keeping up between the two. The decision John has to make is an interesting moral dilemma; can the justice system be trusted to get the punishment right or will a nudge help? Intense scenes interspersed with caring found in unexpected places. Great characters, full of intensity written with a compelling style. Highly recommended.
Without giving away any of the plot itself, the author used an interesting technique. The book was written in first person, but with the “speaker” alternating between two different people. (You would know this within the first 30 pages if I did not tell you in advance.)
I found myself, at every moment, wanting to know what was going to happen next, always wating to get back to the book. The author kept revealing details at a pace that let me always see progress, without annoying the hell out of me for taking too long. Excellent pacing.
At times I felt like I was onto the plot, but then there would be a minor twist. Even near the end, when I did know whodunit, I still did not know how the book would end. I guarantee you, whatever you think you know after 50 pages, or 100 pages, you will not know exactly what is going on. To repeat myself, it was a very nice balance between letting the reader know enough to stay involved, but without letting you know it all. And without the Agatha Christie technique of withholding major events that Hercule discovered without telling us. And as much as the editing errors annoyed me at times, if I had it to do over, I would again eagerly read the book. (And yes, I am at times referred to as a grammar nazi.)