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Is there anything wrong with "Past Crimes" well sure. Glenn Erik Hamiltion in this book is not F. Scott Fitzgerald, and neither Thomas, nor Tom Wolfe, and this isn't the great American novel. BUT... it is a twisty, clever, even cunning reverse-engineering of a caper-heist by characters with Damon Runyon twinkles in their Irish eyes. Plus, Hamilton gives fiction writers a lesson in how-to dazzle through plot-supporting flashbacks.
It is a nifty story of tarnished denizens who you'll root for from page one. Yep, I liked it. A lot. I'm off to buy my next Glen Erik Hamilton book which I hope R. C. Bray reads as engagingly as Jeff Harding did this one.
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Would you try another book from Glen Erik Hamilton and/or Jeff Harding?
Only if it's a daily deal!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Probably Hollis - certainly not Van or Dono. A protagonist that is just too good in all categories is no fun, and takes away from the book. However, protagonists that are either really nasty (Dono) or just impossible to understand (Van) are no fun either. I think this writer was aiming for a Jack Reacher (Lee Child) type of character, but he missed.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator made every woman sound like the church lady on SNL. He couldn't come close to an irish accent - it certainly doesn't have to be perfect...but I actually still am not sure if certain characters were supposed to have Irish accents, or some weird mix of NYC and upper midwest.
I will say he was impressive with his ability actually change his voice, i.e. the characters sounded so different that I almost wondered if there were multiple people narrating at times.
However, he was truly awful at A) women's voices and B) kids/adolescents. So bad that I had a difficult time getting past the almost comical child or woman's voice and focusing on plot.
Was Past Crimes worth the listening time?
Up until the last several chapters. Really dragged at the end.
Any additional comments?
The writer has potential - needs some guidance and better editing.
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