> Anyone else read this latest Sean Chercover novel yet?
> I read the first one, BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD, a couple weeks ago and
> think it is slightly better
> but that's just me. TRIGGER was my favorite read of the last couple
I think BIG CITY gets the nod, too, if only because TRIGGER CITY's
ending seems rushed, a little too sudden and pat. I prefer my endings
to resonate or knock me back on my heels. This one caught me off-
guard, wondering if I'd missed something.
But Sean's definitely created a great detective here, and his rough,
swirling description of a decidedly hard-edged Chicago is like wind-
blown grit -- you can feel it on your teeth.
His Ray Dudgeon is a fine mess. He should probably be in therapy, not
running around Chicago with a gun, trying to "save" people (Hmmm, does
that make him the male Warshawski? She's another Chicago eye with more
than a few "issues").
But it's Ray's flaws and Sean's willingness to have him act like a
jerk at times that makes the series such a great read. Knowing the
"hero" is fallible -- and not always that clever -- frees the plots up considerably. A nice spin on the traditional P.I. tale.
Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site
Celebrating 10 Years of P.I. Thrills
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