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Okay, we expect Character 1 in these things to start in a hole that gets deeper than a teenager's yawn in chemistry class. But... but... there are limits, huh? Not to Gus Lee. There are Jurassic fossils in shallower pits. And he tosses fat boulders faster than Michael Connelly pops out novels.
"OH NO! HOW WILL CHIN EVER GET OUT?!"
I mean you know he will right? So this thing becomes a puzzle wound tighter than a Dollar Store watch.. Which leads me to a few tips about NPE...
• First, Lee is maniacally addicted to metaphors or similes. When you start noticing the scenery, the play's in trouble... Ditto when you notice a writer's narrative tics.
• Second: The plot's intricately and richly spattered with clues. You've got to pay attention from page one.
• Thirdly: There's a big cast here which Dick Hill does a fine job of differentiating vocally, yet so many can distract a listener who cannot easily look back, and needs to instead drill into memories often made before the last break(s) the listener took.
• Fourth: There are abrupt scene changes that skip along the storyline. Some of the most noticeable are the results of a fly-like calendar leaps in the story.
Look my book grading's tougher than a three buck blue-plate dinner steak but if you like trial-fiction that's twistier than Twizzlers well, 'No Physical Evidence' deserves all 15 stars just for revealing, HOW CHIN WILL EVER GET OUT?!
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
I know it's not a catchy headline, but I think it's pretty acurate. I went in with lower expectations, and enjoyed a nice story. It had me wondering and guessing a few times. A couple of nice twists at the end. Sit back - Relax - And let the old man tell you a story. It's a little graphic at times - But not tasteless. It won't knock Grisham off from a top spot (When Grisham was writing great books) But it's a pretty good courtroom drama. Easliy worth a credit - Or the 12.95 price I just saw on here.
For what it's worth... J
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