Saturday, July 29, 2017

"August Snow"

my take: This was recommended by Nancy Pearl (Book Lust) recently. She mentioned that in these unsettling times in the U.S. she's having a hard time concentrating and requires books that are page-turners to keep her attention and make the world go away.

August Snow is a former marine, former Detroit police officer, and now as a private citizen drawn into investigating a high stakes financial scheme. August is also half Black and half Hispanic which gives him an interesting perspective on many things. A macho guy with a soft heart. And lots of foibles. A little like a cross between the PBS Sherlock and The Pacifier Vin Diesel. (Just so you know, I LOVE THE PACIFIER.)

This narrative has a higher body count than my usual read. And it was a page-turner. It took me till nearly the end to figure out whodunit.

We lived in the Detroit area for nine years: it was great to revisit the places I know and to discover much more. Makes me want to visit Mexicantown.

my source: Nancy Pearl on NPR ... was running errands and heard her segment. I drove directly to the library. It was out at that (main) branch but in at northside location. By the time I got there, it too was checked out. Waited for the e-book to become available. Dang! Too many NPR listeners in town.

my verdict: pretty good detective story especially if you know Detroit

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