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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. Mr. Kaminsky has drawn fully human characters in his Chicago books, men and women to whom we can easily relate, and about whom we care very quickly. Abe Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, are Chicago homicide cops with rich lives at work and at home. We get to know their families, their foibles, their cases, and just a great deal about their lives. These are eminently likable people who have us rooting for them from the beginning of each book. The policework is difficult and emotionally trying, and it takes its toll on both of them over the years. Lieberman and his wife, Bess, are also long-time members of their Jewish congregation, which offers up many mini-stories to entertain us. Mr. Kaminsky's writing style is also very easy to like. He is funny and fluid. He knows the emotional makeups of his characters, and he lets us in on those with grace and ease. He never tries too hard. This series, the series that is set in Moscow and features Porfiry Rostnikov, and the series set in Sarasota, featuring Louis, the sad sack refugee from Chicago: all of these are very enjoyable books. I marvel at Mr. Kaminsky's productivity; how he can keep turning these out without seeming to be straining his imagination or his skills. A gem of an author, who proves time and again that mystery/detective novels are a very broad and satisfying genre in American literature, with some of the best writers in America plowing these fields. How they manage to come up with one diamond after another is one of the great wonders of our times. I am so glad that these authors have chosen this area in which to specialize. Thus I have an almost unlimited selection of great books to read. Thank you, gentlemen and ladies.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I have been interested in this genre for maybe twenty-five years, beginning with Robert Crais and going through Stuart Kaminsky, Tom Perry, Tim Hallinan, Dennis Lehane and many others. My interest in the area could hardly be higher. Perhaps this is to some degree because I am a psychologist who has worked in these areas for four decades, in addition to my work as a psychotherapist, so it's a natural fit for me.
What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Yes. One of his skills is that he never seems to be straining to educate us, but instead he tells personal stories about the lives of his characters, and the technical/educational aspects of the books emerge organically, rather than seeming to be didactic.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Nothing. I like Mr. Ferrone's voice, across many of the writers whose work he reads. Nothing about his work annoys or distracts me.
Any additional comments?
I think Mr. Kaminsky wrote about a book a year for something like fifty years, and most of them are high quality, readable, skillful books that hold our attention and our interest. How can one human being do this?
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan are classic cop partners in every sense. This book hit the stands about a quarter of a century ago and it's as interesting - even moving - as if it was born yesterday. Abe Lieberman's everyone's dream dad, fantasy cop, noble guy. Hannah isn't, but he's trying... And trying...
The dead-hooker whodunnit plot's great chicken wire to hold together a wonderful narrative arc. I want to know more about these guys, their families and friends. AND... they are Chicago cops who work well with other cops - no nasty internal bickering, instead a team that tries to solve problems (not just crimes - problems). I'm off to find and download Lieberman's Choice, the next in this series... Can't give a better review than that, right?
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Lieberman's Folly in three words, what would they be?
Easy going thriller
What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?
It was comforting to listen to him portray the detective - the voice fitted how I would envision Lieberman.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me smile from start to finish - gentle humour
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