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This really is a quirky book. If you’re looking for something just a bit different this might well be it. It develops as a crime thriller with many of the characteristics of a theatrical farce. In fact you can throw in a little bit of Lassie while you are at it. There is a lead character who is utterly unimpressive apart from the straits he lands himself in. A humorous pair of cliché cops on his tail and a good old redneck semi-villain on a collision course with just about everyone. They all think they are right in their own ways, but probably aren’t of course.
I have to say well done to the publisher for not trying to make out that a book with some elements of humour in it is “hilarious” or “laugh a minute”, I’m very tired of that! “Darkly humorous” as they have it is just about right. Scenes such as the night when Jason comes up with his new plan are funny as you picture them in your mind. The story does resort from then on to pretty much theatrical farce with characters getting drawn into the melee in ways that are totally unexpected to them. Even the police dog is a character in her own right and from that point on I think the book gathers momentum towards its highly satisfying conclusion. The narration by John Pruden is very good and helps maintain the pace of the tale.
So this will be a hit for some and a miss for others but if you can imagine the action as it unfurls you may well just laugh at how the characters end up in some of the macabre situations that they contrive between them. I can’t recommend this with huge confidence. Amazon reviews plainly state that some people really did not get on with it and maybe a little editing here and there would have improved its overall reception.
That said, given the “Good Read Guarantee” you can always give it a try and return it if you aren’t keen. This is one of the huge benefits of Audible. For those of us that take to it and are happy to work with it there is a genuine story here with enough dark humour and suspense to make it more than satisfying.
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