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Tahoe Trap (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) (Volume 10) Paperback – August 1, 2012
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Tahoe local Todd Borg is the bestselling author of 13 Owen McKenna Mystery Thrillers. Borg's novels have won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, made Library Journal's Top 5 Mysteries of the Year list, received rave reviews, and made Amazon's Mystery/Thriller and Private Investigator Bestseller Lists multiple times.
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I've found myself to be quite picky when it comes to reading, and have on rare occasions lambasted incompetent authors (look up my review on Caribbean Moon). Borg is a highly competent author, and one I will definitely read more of.
So what do I look for in writing?
First, transparency. This means that the writing doesn't get in the way of the reading. It means you can lose yourself in the book, and not even be aware you're reading until something interrupts you. The very best writers have this. Borg has it.
What gets in the way of reading? First, errors. Missspelled or misused words, grammar, syntax, anything that feels like you've just found gravel in your pudding. Another thing that gets in the way is incredibility. Unbelievable characters, plot twists, dialogue, situations, etc. Far too many otherwise excellent books resort to unbelievable plot twists to get their protagonists out of impossible situations. So far, Borg hasn't done that. (That means he didn't do that in Tahoe Trap, the only one I've finished so far.)
The other big thing I look for in writing is acceptability to family values. Would I read this out loud with my wife? Unfortunately, many best-selling authors don't pass this test. They try so hard to be "realistic" and gritty, they inundate their writing with language and situations that are plain distasteful to me. I know some people enjoy that sort of thing, but I don't. I would much rather read something I could read to my kids. I know it's a huge challenge to keep a book fast-paced and exciting without resorting to "adult" language and situations, and maybe that's why some authors use it so much. So far, with Borg, I don't have to worry about that. Thank you, Todd.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, and will be reading more of his series.