Re: RARA-AVIS: recent reads

Date: 16 May 2007

Ed wrote:

"I read DS's THE CONFESSION from HCC last week and enjoyed his prose style as much as I did the story. Liking P.I. stories, I'll look for THE BIG BOOM."

I've now read four by Stansberry, and The Confession was my least favorite. I just never felt any of the uncertainty or suspense I thought I was supposed to -- in other words, it felt like the main character was just trying to fool the reader, not that he was fooling himself. The Last Days of Il Duce is my favorite of the four.

As for Big Boom, if you're as anal as I am about reading series in order, there is a previous Dante Mancuso book, Chasing the Dragon. I don't think it's really necessary for the understanding of Big Boom, but it is also a very good book, though a bit different from its follow-up. Dante is an operative for a secret organization, not a PI. Is there going to be a third Dante Mancuso book? I keep meaning to check Stansberry's website.


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