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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Add in one fact: you're an ex-cop who had to leave the force due to brain damage. Brain damage that was caused when you failed to commit suicide by shooting yourself in the head, and that leaves you with blackouts and the propensity for making bad decisions.
An hour later, your ex-boss calls. He wants to hire you as a part-time consultant, as he has done off and on since you had to leave the force. The crime? His wife, Scarlet, has been found butchered in her bed--the bed you just left. Unfortunately, you can't remember if you witnessed the crime, or maybe even committed it. Can you find the answer before more tragedy occurs?
Vincent Zandri has created a compelling narrator. The reader is drawn into the web the same as Richard Moonlight, the ex-detective is, and is as unable to break free of the action as he is. The plot is intricate, the pace spellbinding. This book is recommended for any and all mystery readers; it is easily one of the best I've read lately.
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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
(First note, I would rate this a solid 3.5 stars, but am stuck b
Overall, I was super impressed by my first read of this author. The novel itself was great fun and zipped by in two days flat. The character's mood and general perfect N...
Overall, I was super impressed by my first read of this author. The novel itself was great fun and zipped by in two days flat. The character's mood and general perfect Noir-vibe was soilidly received.
While reading, the main character (titled Dick Divine throughout, rather than Moonlight), often reminded me of Max Payne, for those of you with the foreknowledge of the fictitious pixel-born fellow, which was quite the thrill I must admit.
But back to Zandri's style, I found notes of Lee Child's 'Reacher' character mingling with Michael Connelly's hard-boiled detective Harry Bosch, as well as the faint echoes of James Ellroy, Warren Ellis, and Jean E. Dugas.
Vincent Zandri’s writing is taut and well researched by what I can imagine, from a writer’s POV, to be either personal experience, or the by-product of one hell of a detailed briefing. Pulling off a convincing 1st person Action Express is not a deed to be easily dismissed.
Aside from a peppering of cliché but forgivable character names, and the scarce event when some chapters continually lapse over old material and contain a few tell-tale errors consistent with a first effort, this never deprives the reader from the razor sharp storytelling throughout. (Also of note, this could well be the consequence of reading on an eReader, where content has more than once differed from the print version of various novels.) The characters are livable—or, more correctly, are alive—in that the reader could imagine having met and conversed with them as they read through their detailed scripts floating off the pages. The same goes for Zandri’s detailed environs, and that wonderful, ever-present brooding of rain mingling with a bottomless shot of liquid courage.
Zandri’s direct writing style is playful yet seamless and continues to dare you to read on, regardless of the clock ticking by in the background. Be prepared to stay up all day and all night, riding along side Dick’s noir-coated verbiage to the very end. Bloodshot eyes be damned.
**As for the little hiccups that detracted from a better rating, there were some unexpected typo's along the way, and one character's hair goes back and forth from brown to black. I began to wonder if this thing was proofread properly before given a green light to publish (commas are free!!)
While this might be my own personal nitpick, the 'bonus material' at the end of the novel was really a cluster of book reviews. I'm not sure who's call that was to include, but following a great read, I certainly came away with that 'never meet your heroes' feeling regarding the content of some of the author's commentary. I went straight from 'blown away and wanting to snag more of the author's titles right now' to 'calling it quits with this book and never look back'. Short version: I was hugely disheartened to discover the personal character of the author as being openly pompous and, quote, 'self-obsessed'. Again, personally, I wouldn't have put anything like this in the closing portion of a novel, just from a sales point of view! **
Closing thoughts; Zandri’s wit and prose is as enjoyable as I’ve come across in a long, long time. Just next time, leave out the 'Hey! Look at me!' puff pieces.
—As a request to writers the world over, please do me the diligence of learning the difference between a clip and a magazine when in relation to weapons: Clips are used in rifles, where a length of metal is folded over the bottom of a cartridge case and stacked one atop the other (single stack). The rounds are out in the open, i.e., the ‘clip’ of rounds to a Garand rifle. This clip is loaded directly into the rifle, most often into a fixed magazine well or en bloc.
A magazine, either single or double stack, is a forged or stamped metal container that encloses the weapon’s cartridges, with a supporting follower under spring tension. The magazine is a removable/replaceable component to the weapon system. This is how all modern automatic loading pistols are fed, as well as a great many combat-oriented rifles. Think an AR-10/15/M16, AK-47 (with a ‘banana’ magazine), FAL .308 ‘box magazine’, etc.
Read it, learn it, love it.
posted by RedJed on December 6, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A New Master Of Mystery
As some of the old masters of mystery leave us, readers may worry, "where are the NEW masters of mystery?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Case solved. This is a tough, brutal story about tough brutal people. In real life, the people who loot investment banks and pension funds, buy politicians, or sell assault weapons to gun nuts who kill school children are monsters. In fiction, there are people who take on the monsters...in real life we are seldom so fortunate. A scary book about scary people.
Posted June 4, 2013