This book sounds like a repeat of one I read here about a year ago. I actually did go out and buy the book. I can't get into this one yet, but will wait for the next segment. Sometimes it takes a couple chapters to get into a storyline.
I do enjoy a good mystery in the Mountains regions. Makes me homesick for them.
Reached out and grabbed me, then let go and dropped me to the floor.....I would have like to have gotten more into the crime scene, the crime itself - anything - other than the first person narrative from the hung over DA...a lot of info I didn't really need, and I for one, get very distracted by uneccessary character detail, but as always, I will give the book a chance to redeem itself! : )
Good reading to all -
I must say, the style is compelling, but I do prefer the true mystery genre, to this which seems to be more of a "crime" novel.
This kind of hard boiled school writing seems to follow the style of writers like Mickey Spillane.., I mean , the tough guy atmosphere.
Perhaps I'm too hard on it, maybe will change my mind after another chapter!
I found it hard to get into it and felt left holding the bag. The author writes well but first person narrative is hard to write well as one of my creative writing teachers informed me. I really like the english set mysteries as most are police procedurals. I also like several american writers who write about the subject they work in or have worked in.
I knd of like the story though. May even order this book from the library. If he was HOLDING the knives you wouldn't need fingerprints to tie him to them. Forensic evidence on the body is another matter. If the knives were used in the manner described then there should have been traces of blood, even in the rain. Blood is notoriously hard to remove and there would be crevices where the blade and handle joined. if there was no blood that would be strong evidence that the knives were not the weapons used. Also what about injury to his hands. Often in a furious attack like the one described there is minor injury to the attacker from the knife or the victim.
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?.
-- Douglas Adams
It is very difficult to write first person present tense, and I find the slips unnerving. Also too much telling and not enough showing. Interesting setup and all, but the pacing just seems off. Maybe I need to re-read Chandler to get into the mood, but I wouldn't get beyond the first chapter in this book.
I have not been bothered by the things others are complaining of, but I think it helped that I didn`t get to read the first two days, so saved them and enjoyed three reads all together on the third day. I am enjoying the read so far and will probably look this one up in our local consortium to read the rest of the book. Incideantally I do enjoy reading others` commentaries on the books.
Jury's still out on this one...as mentioned already, this seems much more of a crime story than a good old-fashioned mystery. Not sure if this is one I'll try to get my hands on at the library...the style seems a little awkward and contrived...perhaps this stems from the first-person narrative problems already discussed. Guess I'll wait for the next installment...
Did any of you happen to read or finish "The Second Chair" by the aforementioned author which was featured the end of Feb.? And wondered what you thought of it and his writing - am trying to read his book "The First Law" - keep going away and going back to it - at first thought this is bad writing - then something kept pulling me back - for one thing - trying to keep the characters straight - Am to the point now that I know will finish and give myself an A+ for effort and perseverence.
Just wondering - please respond if you have read or have an opinion on the matter --
I can't figure out what is happening so I have to
get the book and finish it. I LOVE A MYSTERY! It was worth reading to get the names of those great blues singers. I went right out to Borders and listened to them all - even bought a couple of CD's.
I LOVE THE BLUES TOO! AHH! - LIFE IS GOOD!
Dorothy, I'm having someone on staff email you to make sure that you received all 5 reads this week. I went back and checked the copy that we emailed out and it shouldn't have went from Chapter Two to Chapter Five. We'll assist you. Thanks for reading with me. Suzanne