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Publisher's Summary

Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist, and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.
Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to uncover the secret that will save the dancer, maybe he can finally save himself.
©2013 Joanie McDonell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Joanie McDonell’s Bolero is an auspicious debut - sophisticated, stylish, and sexy. We shall be hearing a lot more about Nick Sayler, a disenchanted hero in the classic mode." (Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 03-18-13

Good Idea, but cliched with excessive exposition

What disappointed you about Bolero?

The cliched gathering of comrades for the main character, the rich doctor/mentor, the savant/researcher, the buddy/detective along with the private investigator with a sordid past were one of the weakest aspects of this story. Additionally, far too much time was spent bemoaning the main characters sad lost love. The weakest point of all is the lack of momentum. Since almost all the action occurs either in the past or "off-page" there is no excitement, no tension, no need to keep reading/listening because it doesn't feel like the story is trying to go somewhere.

Has Bolero turned you off from other books in this genre?


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, unfortunately.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bolero?

As editor, I would delete all of the flash-back chapters about the main character's old girlfriend as well as almost all the long, tiresome paragraphs of her throughout the book. They merely slow down the pace of the story and are so cliched that they don't contribute anything towards making Nick a unique or interesting protagonist.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kristin Olson-garewal on 06-12-17

The performer did a good job of different voices

The storyline got engaging about one fourth of the way into it. The ritualistic hard boiled detective: snarling questions, gratuitously withholding information from the cops, falling in love with the beautiful endangered client while having a committed relationship, having painful physical scars from past cases. This book hit all the obligatory noirish points.

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