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I thought the ending weak but otherwise a good yarn that kept me interested until the near end. I will try another book by this author.
Carter Ross a thirty-one year old journalist has the instinct for a story in his blood and he nearly spills his blood in the hunt for the truth. The investigation concerns why four drug dealers were executed in cold blood and left in an exposed place where their bodies could be found easily. Carter covers the story and eventually uncovers the truth. The story line of the book is not astounding in its originality and there are no real cliffhangers in this account. What there is however is well worth a read - the character of Carter is extremely attractive with his self-disparaging humour and his quick wit which reminded me of Phillip Marlowe. Sometimes I found myself laughing out loud. The marvellous characterisation is accentuated by the excellence of the narration of Andrews. His older men are sometimes a bit crackly-voiced but his narration of Carter is spot on and hilarious. I also liked the down and outs and the sex worker as well as the lovely Tina, an editor on his paper. This book reveals the racism inherent in American society but in a down-beat manner and with genuine humanity. If you are looking for light relief this is an ideal book to read.
This book is actually the first book in the Carter Ross series. When I started listening to this series I started with the second book because this one had the lowest rating. After listening to the whole series I had to go back and get this one. At the time I purchased it, it have a 3.9 rating while all the others were above 4. Not a major difference but after listening I found his just as good or better then some of the other books.
I really enjoyed this entire series and HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who enjoys a good suspense with lots of twists. These books are very well written with believable characters who are fleshed out and no super human heroics.
MacLeod Andrew is an excellent narrator.
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This book set my teeth on edge and quivered my skin in repugnance. It was even more distressing to learn his debut novel garnered such excellent reader reviews on here on Amazon.
This mystery features as protagonist Carter Ross, a gormless generally self-satisfied sort from a prep-school and almost-ivy background who is semi-aware of his privileged background and that is, presumably, part of the, er, fun since Ross now is an investigative reporter for a Newark, NJ, daily newspaper which means, of course, he often is blundering about in the projects.
The plot involves deadly drug-dealing -- four black drug dealers who were skimming are executed, their bloodied bodies left as a warning to their brethren not to cheat the boss who is a figure of mystery and at the heart of Ross' investigation. Standard stuff, no surprises, nothing new or even interesting.
So, what is new about this debut? The white upper-class reporter is an ignoramus in the real world and is astonishingly, criminally clueless as to cause and effect. So much so that he actually manages, during his investigation, to cause the deaths of three community members who give him information. Another is left dying in hospital but the reader never learns what her fate since she's just the mother of one of the victims and of no account therefore, apparently. Yet the reporter's cat, Deadline (so cute), which had been thought to have been incinerated in a house explosion turns up in good shape in the last paragraph.
It seems the "humor" cast in the book revolves around this white reporter twit trying to investigate a case in a black community project. Oh, hah-hah, ain't that funny ... NOT.
I cannot fathom the enthusiasm for this egregiously opprobrious mystery novel. If the content didn't repulse then the writing should have given pause.
MacLeod Andrews was excellent with the delivery of the story and the only reason I finished the book
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