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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Close, but not quite believable

First, I'm a HUGE fan of the Reacher series by Lee Child. That being said, you don't have to be a fan of the Reacher series to like Diane Capri's Hunt for Jack Reacher stories. In fact, it may be a benefit for you not to have read the Reacher stories. The latest story is a close, but not quite believable alternate ending to an existing Reacher mystery. Child's story revolves around a series of murders of Army women who, at one point in their career, crossed paths with Reacher. In the Lee Child story, those mysteries were solved by Reacher. Child's story was tied up nicely with a believable bow. Here, Capri attempts to untie that bow and then retie it for us. Having listened to all of Capri's previous "Hunt" stories and her portrayal of Reacher, it still doesn't come together in a nice little bow. In this "Hunt" story, Capri kicks off with a copycat murder done with green paint. Could Reacher be the murderer? And if it wasn't Reacher, can some mysterious, powerful FBI Agent Cooper pin it on him anyway? What doesn't work are phone calls and text messages reacher makes to lowly FBI Special Agent Otto. The only items Reacher carries with him is a foldable toothbrush, an ATM card and an ID. No cell phone. How is he texting and calling Otto leaving clues and warnings? That's too advanced for Reacher. And if Reacher suddenly starts carrying a phone, why can't that all powerful gov't agent track Reacher? Speaking of FBI agents, why can't the powerful Cooper open classified Army files? That was never addressed in the story. If it had been it would have brought this story to a close a lot sooner. This story gets 3 stars because it's OK, but Capri has written more believable stuff in this "Hunt" series.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

partisan political preaching

This author's stories tend to bend a little left. That is OK. But, to have the current condition of the black community blamed on Bill Clinton giving in to the republican congress on welfare reform and by inferance that republicans are the enemies of civil rights and the black community is irrational and absurd. I expect that authors will bend to their social and political beliefs and I can enjoy exploring different perspectives through the characters. But propaganda and spouting bovine fical effluvia will stop me from purchasing any more works from this author and I recommend the same to other potential readers.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Not impressed with this story or character

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lead character, Renee Ballard feels flat and one-dimensional. She has no one she can trust and maybe trusts no one. For all of her protesting about being a good cop is her ultimate career goal, I'm not sure she really is or can be a "good cop." She has no feeling. She doesn't actually connect with another human being. She gets so lost in her pursuit of justice that nothing else matters, not even the level of companionship with her dog. She sacrifices that, too.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Moennig’s performance?

This reader is flat. I enjoy audio books, in part, because the reader can bring the characters' voice to life, offering more insight to the character. Not so here. The reader doesn't offer variety. Can she do other voices? Accents? The reader also puts no emotion into the story. I want to hear the frustration, the tenseness, the excitement of the character. I didn't get that here.

Was The Late Show worth the listening time?

No! I should've quit halfway through, but decided to stick it out. I won't make that mistake again. I'll give Michael Connelly props for creating a halfway decent story, with a twist, but all in all I wouldn't listen to/read anything featuring Renee Ballard and definitely not something read by Katherine Moennig.

Any additional comments?

I hope other characters by Connelly are more developed.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

One of the finest American Dream stories ever.

Not having lived through the Jim Crow era, it is hard to comprehend the mindset of racial prejudice, let alone the the double whammy of sexual discrimination. The nation owes a lot to these pioneering Americans and their tenacity. I am glad their story is out.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Well Presented

From what I can tell it was better resented than the legal case from either side.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

It's hard to stop listening

Where does Killer Look rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've enjoyed Fairstein since I heard her keynote at a conference more than a decade ago. I've read or listened to most of the Alex Cooper stories. This one, however, left me puzzled. It was hard to stop listening, mostly because Alex was not her normal self. I wanted to see if she would snap back. The strong, confident Alex Cooper has been replaced with a whiny, alcoholic. I also wanted to know who did it of course. And the usual sarcasm Mike Chapman saves for the perps has been turned on Alex and she stands for it. Alex is dealing with PTSD after being kidnapped in the previous story. She uses that as a cover for her increased drinking. Mike uses tough love (maybe) as an excuse for needling Coop about her drinking. My only critique of this story is how sick is Alex, really? She inserts herself at every twist and turn into Mike's suicide/homicide investigation of a haute couture fashion mogul. I kept listening because I wanted to know who did it and why. The ending is a cliffhanger and I was anxious to hear the next story in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer Look?

Mike Chapman never fails to deliver. Whether he's (figuratively) picking at the scab on a perp or his one-liners aimed at Coop, Mike's dialogue in this story is sharp. One part of the story I really liked is the intimacy between Mike and Coop. I love it when he calls her "babe." It's such a tender word and the exact opposite of Mike's normal M.O. where he keeps most people at bay.

What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

In this story, it felt like she was tired. It felt like she paused on the wrong parts of the sentence.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fashion is to die for.

Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of the strong-willed Alex Cooper, this story will let you down a bit. Alex is waaaay too needy and drinks waay too much. The story may be a reflection of what it's like for a real life victim, but this is fiction. And I need my old Alex back and soon. Either that or I need her to slap Mike and remind him that her father is dead! Mike can be a little patriarchal from time to time in this story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This book makes me home sick.

I grew up outside of Annapolis and remember when Annapolis was full of work boats named after wives and daughters. And one particular boat named JIMMY. I always thought it was a great opportunity for a double dedication. One story reminded me of a great day my brother and I caught a bushel of doublers in about an hour in his skiff on Eastern Bay.

This book reminds me of "The Big Oyster" but much more intimate.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-17 was Ok

The story was not bad. Just ordinary. I
Didn't rush to finish it. Ok overall, I thought. I did like the cameo by Alex Delaware.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Informative, Insightful and a wake-up call

I have direct experience with people from this leftist school of thought in business and politics (to them one and the same). I have wondered for years what makes these folks tick and how they can live with the hypocrisy and the intellectual dishonesty that seems inherent in their governing philosophy and actions.

This book has opened my eyes to the origins and has provides me with new avenues of research. most importantly it has provides a framework to help stop it.

Good show!

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3 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Top Drawer

This is a great story in an uncommonly down to earth setting. No one calling in personal favors from POTUS, etc... The love/hate relationship between the Japanese and American culture is well presented and other cross cultural issues play well in character development. Definitely a must read for the shinnichi.

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