Subtraction Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00FEKPRVS
- Publication date : September 23, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2522 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,486,519 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Written by Andrew Peters
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
I don’t give books stars as my readers know. But I give this novel a thumbs up.
The Professor, the main character, in Mr. Peters’ novel Subtraction does some deductions to arrive at solutions to what seems to be a single death case.This one death case multiples into many.
Oh, the Professor is a math teacher and a non-detective who deduces. In his charming way, he performs services by helping clients who have a problem they don’t desire the police to get involved in. So Mr. Paris, the Professor, cleans up a problem for a client – somewhat of a sticky wicket that mushrooms into a continuous headache.
This is where the fun begins and its fast pace. With wit, but some consider terse and satiric, Mr. Paris tells this story of love, hate, and murder. Also, the reader gets a little taste of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and its organised crime world.
Mr. Peters’ writing is smooth and comical - quick moving paragraphs spaced and flowing into each other with ease. When Mr. Paris says something you won’t get lost in euphemisms, you’ll get the well constructed point.
It’s a quick and enjoyable read for a snowed in or rainy weekend.
Subtraction holds a glimmer of sexuality without actually being over-sexed or pornographic, just the same as it gives hints of violence without actually providing gratuitous violence too prevalent in so many other books today.
A satisfying read that is sure to please you and help you relax before turning in to bed at night. Download it and read it tonight. Then check out the various other offerings Mr. Peters has published.
Subtraction manages a seamless plot without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. Peters' clever writing style keeps one entertained with an engaging mixture of comedy and sparkling wit, coupled with a great plot and totally realistic characters.
Main character Mark Paris is well dressed, funny, quirky and lands in outrageous situations. Starting with the clean-up of a hotel room where a blonde has died in mysterious circumstances, the story spins upwards from there. Talking about blondes, brunettes everywhere will rejoice! This book contains a few gorgeous ones! :-)
This is a must read. I would and have recommended it to friends. I can hardly wait for the next Andrew Peters book. I really hope he doesn't make us wait too long.
Five stars - because Amazon wouldn't allow me to give it ten.
Top reviews from other countries
Our hero, Professor Mark Paris, is a man who had been pretty aimless since the death of his wife. He likes fine food, fine wine, gambling large sums, and to have the desirable Margot on his arm. A wealthy man, he can afford to live at his ease. And, for the most part, he does.
But, although something of an idle man-about-town, when prodded, the Prof can be stirred out of his lethargy sufficiently to take on the role of part-time private investigator (unlicensed) when the fates or fancy moves him. He is surprisingly successful as a PI and has gained something of a reputation as a man with a good brain who is able to fight for justice when the police seem happy to let things lie.
So, when a sometime acquaintance found a dead prostitute in his bed, his protestations of innocence in the hooker's murder drew a reluctant Prof into action to check out the sleazy side of the street on his friend's behalf.
But his dilettante efforts proved insufficient to prevent the next death, that of his friend.
Since his friend no longer required his services, the Prof next took on the case of the madam of a high-class brothel. The madam told the Prof that she feared for her business as first one, then another of her part-time `ladies of the night' had been persuaded into premature retirement after being badly beaten. She asked the Prof to find out who was behind these vicious attacks.
Soon, the Prof was engaged in a high-end game of intrigue where nothing was quite what it seemed. But the threats to both the Prof and his girlfriend, the delectable Margot, were real enough. Not a man to crumple under physical danger, the Prof ignored the threats and continued his investigation. Yet, even though he sought help and information from a mostly useless network of acquaintances who supposedly had their ears to the ground, he was no nearer to finding out who was responsible for beatings that had now escalated into further murders.
The attacks on the hookers continued. The bodies were starting to pile up in a most inconvenient manner for the Prof, especially as he hadn't troubled to tell the police what was happening.
Then he got lucky; the murderer proved all too human and made a small, but fateful miscalculation. The ever-astute Prof was quick to pounce on this first indicator of guilt.
And in a confrontation with the murderer, he put his life on the line with the nonchalance of a man who felt he had little to bind him to the human existence.
In the Prof, the author has created an engaging, all too believeable, character who is more than capable of supporting a series.
I thoroughly enjoyed Subtraction and look forward to more of the same. Five stars.
I will not give any of the storyline away, although once or twice bits are added that we don't know about, and in my case I hadn't guessed about, help the Professor solve the crime(s)
Once again another winner ( In my opinion) from Andrew and I am pleased to say there is scope for more books featuring the Professor and I look forward to the next one..................
The characters, particularly the main character Mark, were well developed and believeable and the story kept me hooked right up until the end. I fell in love with Margo, the no-nonsense level headed red-head who can break a man's wrist with her bare hands and carries a .38 in her purse, but is still warm, tender and caring. I hope to see her character again in a different Peters book.
About half way through I thought I had cracked the mystery and was a little disappointed. I'm glad I carried on reading though as I then found my clever theory on whodunnit was an utterly false assumption, a nice little red herring thrown in so that when the end came the reveal was even better.
The narration style was conversational and relaxed - you could imagine you were sitting in a pub with the main character telling you what had happened in exchange for a drink - and it suited the story perfectly. It would be easy for the author to fall into the trap of telling rather than showing or talking down to the reader using this style, but this author didn't, the story was gripping and well paced and authentic, and I didnt feel pulled out of it at any point.
The ending was emotional, unexpected and skillfulky written. Despite this not being my usual genre, I will have to have a browse through other books by this writer.
Paris operates as a 'fixer' in 1960s Las Vegas and when he receives a panicked phone call one morning from Stan Maxwell , a drinking acquaintance who has woken up with a dead blonde in his bed, Paris is soon embroiled in a hardboiled murder mystery that involves blackmail, a high class bordello, cops, the mob and very nasty psycho killer.
Peters cleverly and deftly adds social commentary, pop culture references, smart dialogue and witty asides to an already potent cocktail.
Subtraction is one of the most enjoyable and original crime novels I've read all year. Fantastic stuff.