Susceptible

Susceptible

by Brett Wallach
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Susceptible by Brett Wallach

Each of us, I suppose, has had a 'to be or not to be’ moment. We wonder, during those dark minutes, if maintaining our existence is worth the pain and effort. Happily, most of us shrug off such thoughts and plod along, hoping for brighter times down the road.

And so begins "Susceptible", a hard-boiled detective story, with the added dimension of its investigating not only "whodunit", but also the human conditions of success and failure, family and detachment, love and loss, and ultimately, life and death. Philadelphia Private Investigator Phil Allman explores the suspicious suicide of a man whose life uncomfortably mirrors his own, leading him to examine the value of his own existence. Susceptible is at times elegiac, but more often funny; it is occasionally fatalistic, but in the end, is life affirming.
"Susceptible" is a hard-boiled detective story, with the added dimension of its investigating not only "whodunit", but also the human conditions of success and failure, family and detachment, love and loss, and ultimately, life and death. Philadelphia Private Investigator Phil Allman explores the suspicious suicide of a man whose life uncomfortably mirrors his own, leading him to examine the value of his own existence. Susceptible is at times elegiac, but more often funny; it is occasionally fatalistic, but in the end, is life affirming.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154602027
Publisher: SynergEbooks
Publication date: 10/25/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 215 KB

About the Author

Brett Wallach has had a long and checkered career working in a number of industries. Born and raised in a working class Philadelphia neighborhood, he graduated from Penn State. He has two daughters. Brett reads all genres of fiction, and his favorite authors include John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane, Anne Tyler, Graham Greene, and Elmore Leonard.

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Anonymous 5 months ago
I must confess. I also write mysteries, although my books take the reader back to the Nineteenth Century. In this novel, SUSCEPTIBLE, Mr. Wallach takes the reader into the streets and homes of Philadelphia. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Allman gradually moves into the "dark side" of crime. We pull for him because he's really a nice guy, and his insightful view of Philadelphia is memorable and interesting. He's kind to his daughter, and he likes his work, but his attraction to one woman becomes his connection to a downward spiral into rationalizing his own morals, and he is forced into a "fight or flight" mode that reaches a crisis. What made this mystery most attractive to me was the way Allman's viewpoint becomes corrupted by his circumstance. He is, in a way, "all men" because of the way he responds. I kept asking what I would do were I in his place, and the author provides an interesting and mysterious path for one to follow. I recommend the read highly.