Monday, February 12, 2018
So don't be fooled by the dark and depressing (though very beautifully written) first chapter. There will be laughs along the way.
Not a mystery novel or the kind of PI stuff I usually review it IS a solid crime novella. Regular readers of my blog know how much I dig a novella.
Icing on the cake is the snarky references to Coldplay, kudos for those!
Sunday, February 11, 2018
A man is found dead, stabbed in the chest. A blogger gets himself arrested when he gets himself involved a bit too much in the case. He asks C.T. Ferguson to prove he is innocent. This gets the reluctant detective involved with an abusive priest and a local bunch of thugs.
I still dig the idea that Ferguson isn't paid by his clients but instead by his rich parents whenever he closes a case. I love his hacker background and how he was taught how to fight because his parents wanted him to be able to fight off a schoolyard bully as a kid.
The story flows along at a nice speed and the ending is pretty clever.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Jake Longly used to be a baseball player. Now he runs a beach bar and sometimes does some work for his dad, Ray who's a very succesful private eye. When he stakes out a woman living near his ex-wife he gets his car windows smashed in and meets a new love interest who turns out to be quite the amateur investigator herself. When the woman he was staking out gets killed Jake is compelled to investigate. Things get dangerous when he gets involved with a Ukrainian mobster who has a nice yacht and a trophy girlfriend.
There's a nice feel to this story, a bit breezy but still hardboiled enough. Sometimes there's a POV switch from first to third person, shining some light on the other characters. Personally, I didn't care for these switches. In my opinion they messed with the pacing too much and didn't add enough of to the story.
I loved the fun banter between the characters and Jake and his love interest Nicole are the Nick and Norah of this generation.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
This is not an angsty, noirish or very hardboiled PI novel. Stout didn't write those either. It IS an enjoyable ride with old friends, a nice mix between a cozy and more hardboiled fare.
There's also a nice twist in the end where Robert plays with the usual endings of Nero Wolfe novels, but I won't spoil it for you.
Entertaining but perhaps forgettable.