Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Lawrence Block, and John Sandford will enjoy Tyler Cunningham's latest adventure for the tight writing, clever (MacGyver-esque) approach to problem-solving, and for another chance to explore the mind of this unique protagonist, first introduced in Jamie Sheffield's novel, Here Be Monsters.
Tyler Cunningham is a detective like no other. He can mimic humanity, but in most cases fails utterly to understand people, why they do the things they do, or act in the ways that they do. His saving grace is an insatiable hunger for knowledge that combines with an ability to make connections from a series of seemingly unrelated data-points that other people miss; this continually pulls him into other peoples' problems, where his focus and unique perceptual abilities allow him to solve puzzles that others cannot see in ways that nobody else could conceive.
Mickey Slips opens with Tyler neck deep in someone else's problem when a father-figure from his past texts him in serious trouble. Tyler drops everything to get Mickey out of his jam. What follows is a fascinating glimpse into the relationship between these two, sandwiched in with a sleek and nasty mix of sex, blackmail, hi-tech shenanigans, a bag of sawn-off shotguns, and fantastic barbeque.
©2013 Jamie Sheffield (P)2013 Jamie Sheffield
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5 out of 5 stars
By RLB on 08-12-13

Unique twist on crime drama

Mickey Slips is an engaging short story with a very intriguing main character. Tyler Cunningham is a rogue detective who falls clearly on the autism spectrum, which gives him the unique ability to carry out his missions with a dispassionate and calculating effectiveness. In this story, one of Tyler's closest friends gets himself into a spot of trouble and Tyler finds himself in the role of something like a "closer." I particularly enjoyed the audio version of this book. The reader sounded exactly how I expected Tyler to sound, and I was disappointed when it ended (a sure sign of a good book!). The short format was very tight and succinct, which mirrored the main character's style and worked very well. One does not often read books written from the perspective of people with autism disorders, which made the story that much more interesting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Manon on 26-11-13

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Would you listen to Mickey Slips again? Why?

I would listen to Mickey Slips again because I was living the story as it was being told and I now want to listen to remember.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I listened to it in one straight sitting and it kept me engaged. It doesn't hurt that Thornton has a fabulous voice. One of the things that kept me listening is that this story shows a human connection Tyler has that is important to him.

Which character – as performed by Douglas Thornton – was your favorite?

Naturally I completely enjoy Tyler as we learn more about his social interactions, or lack thereof. I love the way he sees things as black or white and the way he processes the gray areas.

Any additional comments?

Loving the escapades of Tyler Cunningham in my back yard!

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