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The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A lot of little things that added up over time to making this one just okay for me.

    I liked the main character and I liked the plot over all. There was just a lot of little things that added up over time to making this one just okay for me.

    So the set up is that when a person dies, the trial is held in a little pocket dimension near where the death occured to determine the soul's final judgement. An angel and a demon are assigned to argue before a judge to determine which side gets to claim the soul. An interesting idea if it wasn't undercut by your options. Heaven seems to take "ignorance is bliss" to an extreme state, leaving you a blank slate with no memories wandering around blissfully in green fields forever. Hell at least lets you keep your memories and sense of self, but, you know... hell. Since the main character is an advocate angel, this part of the setting doesn't impact his character as much as say any number of the recently deceased he encounters, but it still kind of put me off getting behind his side fully.

    The ending bothered me a bit more than the setting though. There are two mysteries that the main character is trying to solve over the course of the book. And in the end, it doesn't feel like the character solves them. Were in the middle of an action scene when something clicks for our hero, but whatever that was I missed it. It was like both the hero and the author decided at the same time who was going to be the guilty party, and then the guilty party revealed all the information necessary to prove guilt because neither the hero or the author had it available to them before hand. I can't say I'm a fan of mysteries where the vital evidnce to prove someone's guilt is only provided when that person reveals it as part of their confession.

    At this time, I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next book in this series.

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