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What did you love best about Serpents in the Cold?
This book drips with the dark, brooding atmosphere of Boston in the 50's...a tough city, bound by it's neighborhoods, and a seedy underbelly. The dialogue between characters and description of the city take you back to that place and time and sell the story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Cal and Dante are the lead characters, and are told with an unflinching eye. These are broken men in a city filled with broken men and women, but they are fully fleshed out characters. They each have so much going on inside, but struggle to connect.
What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I have listened to several books by Jim Frangione, and was skeptical that his style would fit this story...boy was I wrong! The narrator took this to another level...he really invested the story with drama and an emotional edge.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book. I love Raymond Chandler, and put this book among Chandler and other noir classics (Hammett, Goodis)...I know this is pretty exalted company, but I think it fits. The characters make me think of Hubert Selby, Jr...