Top critical review
Slow first half, but moves along in the second half
August 11, 2012
Crime Novel. Having found the author's Hart and Drake series books so-so, I was pleased that this book was essentially free of the sappy confused romantic stuff so prevalent in the Hart and Drake series.
In particular, I found the pace of action in the first half of the book to be quite slow (or maybe almost non-existent, I almost gave up). It was a bit puzzling, because the writing and dialog seemed smooth and capable -- but the narrative just never progressed anywhere. Happily, the pace of action and narrative development picked up considerably in the last half of the book.
I'm no fiction author, and I have to respect all authors for being able to create all the dialogue, settings, and plot, etc that are required to produce even so-so stories. So I'm always surprised that the line between a so-so book and a good one is so thin, and so instantly noticeable by readers.
I purchased this book as a 99 cent Kindle daily deal, and it filled its purpose for me (easy escapist reading). I would recommend it to others for the same purpse.