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Good For The Price
on May 21, 2009
First I want to say that I have not read any of his other books, so I did't have anything to compare it to. Also, I did purchase it because of the price. That being said...
I do see some of the issues that other people said they didn't like. There are an awful lot of characters to keep up with. There's the good cop/bad cop/ex-cop/, the many criminals, etc....It wasn't really anything new and original, you've probably heard it all before.
I do disagree with those who said that there was no plot. If anything, there are 2-3 plots going on at the same time, and perhaps he tried to shove in too many stories into one book.
I know I will sound like a fuddy duddy, and I know it's one of those "grity police dramas", but I did get tired of the bad language after awhile. I really do not think that all the "f" words add to the greatness of the book, no matter how they might talk in the real world. I also found it funny that they kept asking for "Slice"...started to wonder if he got a payoff from the Cola company for each time he mentioned it's name, lol.
For those who said that the Palindrome issue was never solved, it was in the last chapter, along with whodunit.
Despite a few things (like those mentioned above) being a little distracting to me, I still enjoyed it enough to finish the book, and still wanted to know whodunit at the end, which I think is important. If by the middle of the book you are not sure you can finish it, and no longer care whodunit, that's a bad sign. I do think he put in a lot more time in all the beginnings to the stories though, and then kinda rushed the ending.
I do not know if I will purchase any of his other books, but would be willing to purchase any of them that are offered at a discount.