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- File size : 1308 KB
- Print length : 323 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003U2TH1I
- Publication date : June 26, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Write On The Water Press; 1st edition (June 26, 2010)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #312,592 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hard to believe this is a first novel and I hope there are many more. Hope to see Jim's story continue. And Jim and Mary? More,please, more!
Seriously. People. Trust me, you'll get more out of life and possibly be a lot happier if you lower your expectations a little. For me, it's Are the characters reasonably interesting? Is the dialogue at least more sophisticated than a Dick & Jane? Is there a decent sense of locale or time? Is there a reasonably well-conceived story decently told? I don't care if some of the dialogue is cliche-ridden (not my opinion), I don't care if the characters are predictable in behavior or flaw list (also not my opinion), I don't care if the story's been told once or a hundred times as long as there are a few variations (ANMO). If I have varying degrees of most of those components, I'm a happy little fat kid.
Several reviewers complained about the introduction into the plot of a major writer as a character as being out of the realm of possibility. I see their point, but in my lifetime I have had unanticipated and sometimes lengthy interactions with some major celebrities, from Jerry Lewis and Robin Williams to then-Governor Reagan, so I have no problem suspending my own disbelief to give the author some slack there. One friend of mine was propositioned at an airport by musician Chet Atkins, and another by actor George Peppard, so make no mistake: Encounters with the great and near-great DO happen.
As I said, I liked the characters and would welcome their reappearance, the plot kept me turning pages even though it was fairly clear early-on who the murderer was and who would be the next victim, the sense of place and time were well done. The ending was perhaps a tad on the shrink-wrap side but any adverse effect on the story as a whole was slight and outweighed by its entertainment value.
There were, however, two minor mood-breakers for me (three if you want to count the latter one, which occurred twice): The first was mention of a neighborhood shop owner named Stanley Kowalski (Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"), and the second was a double-cigarette lighting scene straight out of the Bette Davis-Paul Henreid movie, "Now, Voyager". Those two incidents may have been deliberate as a form of homage, or purely accidental, and I'm not discounting the possibility that Paul Henreid wasn't the first human being to light two cigarettes simultaneously, nor was my mood seriously or irrevocably broken.
That said, for those keeping score, here are the standings as far as heads-ups from most reviewers' laundry list of turnoffs:
1.) No paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, or magic components;
2.) No religious or alternative lifestyle agenda (unless you count considerable boozing and smoking, but then it was set in the '30s);
3.) Some, but not excessive, profanity;
4.) No graphic sexual encounters;
5.) Mild non-gooey romance;
6.) Some violence, but not of an excessively gory or grisly nature;
7.) No child or animal abuse;
8.) No cliffhanger ending;
9.) Grammar and punctuation police, have at it.
If you like a good mystery with plenty of plot changes and believable suprises, you owe it to yourself to read this one.
I think this is a fantastic first effort snd I look forward to future offerings from Mr. Jastrzebski.
Thanks Mike for a great read.
When you wake up with a pounding hangover, because your boss and owner of the paper you work for is banging on your door, you know it is going to be a bad day.
Very descriptive of living as a binge, blacking out drunk, who is living a life of quiet desperation. Now his sister has been brutally murdered and some Cop wants to hang it on him. Can he stay sober enough to solve the murder of his sister and those of the witnesses that follow or will his demons overcome him and ruin what is left of his life. Sober or the Chair? What a choice.
Didn't care for the ending. Too abrupt. Almost seems like an editor saying, "That's enough for now, save it for the sequel. Lots of loose ends "flapping in the breeze."
Yes, that's a pun, and not a particularly good one.
Oh and the storm and the killer don't appear until way late.
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After Hemingway's appearance tho the whole story just seemed to grow absurd.
So, a mixed bag, good in parts, unsatisfactory in others.
Not a bad read, just not a great one.
BUT, a very credible first effort.. 3 stars