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This was my first SJC novel. I'm glad I downloaded it. Kept me entertained and had a good storyline. One of the deciding factors in getting this download was because it is narrated by Scott Brick. Fantastic reader, as we all know by now.
I only have two small problems with this book. SJC is pig ignorant when it comes to firearms. You'd think a fellow with a mantle full of Emmys from screenwriting "shoot em ups" in the 80s would at least have a basic grasp of the obvious when it comes to guns. Not this guy. My second complaint is with the cheesy dialogue. What's with this "nanner-nanner, boo-boo" narrative? It sounded like a bunch of junior high kids that just learned profanity. SJC needs to take a break from writing long enough to read a couple of Elmore Leonard novels and get his dialogue on track.
SJC is obviously on the political left but he didn't try to ram his beliefs down the reader's throat. He showcased the terrifying powers the feds now have in the post 9/11 world and the potential for abuse. But he did it in perfect harmony with his plotline and didn't breeze off into a two hundred page Tom Clancyish diatribe. As I said, it was a very good storyline. Lots of similarity to Michael Connelly's Bosch series but somehow a cut above Connelly on the action and intensity levels. And the side story into the main character's personal life was a nice character development trick. So don't worry about "catching up" with the prior novels in this series before reading this one.
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Are there any "normal" people working in the LAPD, or the FBI for that matter,(except for the hero's wife)? And "code 3" means sirens going, not "code 2". Story became a bit tedious as we had to go through the political screeds while waiting for the plot to develop. I've read many LA detective books and this one just doesn't measure up for me. I could pretty well see what, and who, was going to turn up next.
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