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It was good, very good, but Milo enters too late and all the intricacies of the generations of people related to the "victim" was bothersome; could have been cut back by an hour or two. I love long books, but expect story on every page, not background and guessing. A little tiresome until 1/2 way point. Milo's personality is getting very predictable. Too little humor, not enough mention of Rick. I feel there is a lot of assumption that we all know all the characters and remember them perfectly. Some updates are needed all the way around.
But, I am a J Kellerman groupie and I'll follow this pair until the end.
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It's such a simple formula: something small but reasonably dastardly happens, or seems to have happened, and either Alex calls Milo, or Milo calls Alex. They start digging -- and what follows, for 90% of the book -- any of them in this series -- is a chronicle of one or both of them going around the greater Los Angeles area, talking to people, interviewing them, ferreting out whatever facts they're looking for. The deeper they dig, the more the problem expands. More and more people come into their purview, subject themselves to our scrutiny as well as that of Alex and Milo.
There's a definite pattern to these books -- and I love them, every time.
Part of the pleasure is the guided tour aspect of it all. Somehow Kellerman manages to bring his readers into every existing area of LA, the high and mighty, down to the homeless and lost. He braves lions of society, the dregs of humanity, and everything in between, and key to the enjoyment of it all, he treats them all with a certain amount of respect -- even the guilty ones, we somehow see through the if not "kindly", exactly, at least the nonjudgmental eyes of Alex Delaware.
Like many of the books in this series, there are no tense moments here, no white knuckles. It's pure puzzle. There's also less of both Milo and Robin in this one, too, which is one downside -- I think Milo is maybe my Number One favorite fictional cop, just because he's so absolutely different from anyone else. And I love to read about his eating habits -- always fascinating. Reading about his meals always makes me hungry.
Narrator John Rubenstein has to be among the best in the audiobook industry. In Kellerman's books, he manages every conceivable accent with aplomb, while keeping all the main characters absolutely consistent.
A pleasure to listen to, "Breakdown." And as with all of them, I know I'll listen to it again and again.
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