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True-Life Adventure (Paul Mcdonald Mystery #1) (The Paul Mcdonald Series) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00CIE5M72
- Publisher : booksBnimble Mysteries Thrillers and Suspense (November 16, 2013)
- Publication date : November 16, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 4005 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #742,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author does not go into depth on character backgrounds, and even the postlude is skimpy. The setting is San Francisco, and we don't even get any descriptive detail about that area.
Sorry to say this book didn't do much for me.
No, that's not how the publishing process works. Don't make your readers suffer through a poorly edited book and then offer to pay them a puny amount of money for doing the job you should have done before publishing it. That's what editors are for.
Readers, don't waste your time or money for a book whose author doesn't go out of his way to ensure you you enjoy his book.
The story follows Paul Mcdonald (this is how the author spells it), who is a former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, who is now struggling to write a detective novel and working for a private detective ghost-writing his client reports. When the PI drops dead in Paul's apartment, Paul gets sucked into the investigation and starts working on a freelance newspaper article because the PI was murdered and it seems to be connected to a case Paul and the dead PI were working on. When two other connected characters show up dead and someone tries to kill Paul, the chase is afoot
The book is written in a first person narrative with a hard-boiled tone filled with one-liners and clever quips. This would be generally effective except for the constant side commentary where Paul seems to be "talking" to the reader. These become tiresome and distracting and never adds anything meaningful to the plot. There are also many annoying editing errors. The plot starts out fast, but then bogs down big time in the middle. Paul's love interest never feels authentic and his witty repartee with the local homicide detective is cute but a little to artificial. There is never a good explanation for the first major plot point (the reason why the PI was hired) but there are some entertaining twists along the way and an appropriately harrowing final sequence. overall this is a decent first novel for a new author in 1985 with common flaws but an interesting plot and a main character with some potential. But check carefully before buying book #2 in 2019 because it might have been written last century.
Of course, what sounds like a winning combination does not always provide satisfaction. Fortunately, Drew delivers the goods.
I particularly enjoyed comments about being a reporter:
“You’ve heard about journalists burning themselves out? Too much true-life adventure is what does it. Making things up saves a lot of wear and tear.” (Explaining why writing mysteries is better than journalism…a point I do not entirely agree with.)
“I plunged in, hoping she wasn’t talented enough to get a writing job and ruin her life.” (Making a point about how self-destructive a writing life can be.)
“…Susanna was a journalist, and it was probably no accident she’d become one— she was just like all the others I knew. The thing she hated worst was not knowing something.” (A common trait of reporters: an insatiable curiosity.)
“Journalism’s a dirty job and all that, but it has its cheap little thrills.” (An understatement about some of the high points of the job.)
“He just couldn’t understand why anyone in the world wouldn’t want to talk to a reporter any time of the day or night. Newspaper folks are funny that way.” (True.)
I should also comment on the plot; after all, this is a mystery. So, here goes…
The story is just fine. A mystery fan who isn’t even an ex-reporter will not be disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
Will look out for more by the writer, great fun, consumed it in a day