[Reviews] A Long Line of Dead MenOne of my very favorite Matthew Scudder novels that I've yet read, and that's saying something.
[Reviews] The Devil Knows You're DeadDifferent enough and interesting enough to justify reading it even though the big reveal at the end falls rather flat...
Here's hoping that the next book in the series after this one learns from the mistake made here, or I'm probably done with George.
I am quickly falling out of love with the novels of Elizabeth George. My interest had begun to wane even before "Playing for the Ashes," the novel I'm writing about today, and now it has diminished even further. If I hadn't already purchased the next three volumes (during happier times when I was more confident in the author), I'm not sure I'd even be entertaining the notion of continuing onward.
That's 50 freelance reviews for GameSpot, one giant leap for Jason Venter!
I haven't been consistent about posting here when a new freelance review of mine goes live, but it would be a shame to miss doing so this time around because my latest review represents a milestone: 50 freelance reviews at GameSpot.
I have read and enjoyed Gamespot for years, ever since randomly entering videogames.com into the address bar at the dorm's computer lab, when I was attending community college as a freshman from 1998 to 1999. That address redirected to Gamespot, and the site has been on my radar ever since.
This one actually won an Edgar, but did it deserve it?
Apparently, "A Dance at the Slaughterhouse" is an Edgar award-winning novel. To the best of my knowledge, that's the first (and only?) time author Lawrence Block received that particular distinction, and yet as I read through the book, I had no idea I was devouring something that his peers considered so special. It's just another Matthew Scudder novel, if you ask me. Well, mostly.
Besides missing Joseph, this novel is missing much in the way of the characters that might prompt a person to read it in the first place.
I was one fifth of the way through "Missing Joseph" before I encountered the first appearance of Inspector Lynley, the character who the series is ostensibly about. Barbara Havers, his partner, made only a few appearances from that point onward, mostly over the phone. Simon St. James and his wife Deborah appeared in the opening scenes--together and separately--but played mostly bit parts for the remainder of the novel.
                                        
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