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Fist off... start this Jason Stafford series at the beginning with "Black Fridays". Stafford's an unusual detective in an unusual business... It's worth watching him grow through this, the third in the series.
I liked "Long Way Down" both because of Michael Sears plotting, characterizations, and narrative imagination. And David Chandler's powerfully competent to create both a distinctive ensemble cast while acting out the tensions of both character and plot.
So, why that "But" up there? Because of the torrential tension storm that Sears felt this story needed to bring it to a conclusion. No, not the conclusion itself, but the process started to intrude into the story in the last, oh, 20% of the story. And when I get distracted by the author's contrivances to create tension, I drop out of the moment.
Still, I'll get the next Jason Stafford novel as soon as its written, hoping that maybe he'll become a tad less inexplicably super in his heroism, and consequent'y more believable as the story explodes into an ending.
Yeah, I recommend "Long Way Down" but I wish the ending didn't demand that my disbelief get stretched quite such a long way...
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Throughout the entire book, the narrator can be heard swallowing his saliva. Really distracting and very annoying. Why this wasn't edited out is beyond me. Sloppy work.