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By Kate Matthews on 06-25-14
In the club with Spencer Quinn and Craig Johnson
OK, so Brad Smith isn't quite there yet, but his newest Virgil Cain mystery definitely steps it up a bit. His second Cain book wasn't my favorite, but I liked the first one a lot and his writing is growing on me. In fact, the whole Tough Guy as Doer genre is really growing on me. Peter Heller is another member of this "Guy" club, along with Spencer Quinn and the marvelous Craig Johnson (I'm so very glad that having a TV series hasn't ruined him as an author....)and I guess I'd also include Patrick O'Brien in the group. These books are written by men about men and they are unabashedly masculine. I love books where the characters actually do things and where the author can actually explain the what and why of the characters and the way they interact with the physical world. It makes the books feel real to me in a way that Sci Fi or even biography seldom does. It's the hands on aspect that I love. Keep 'em coming Brad, and let me tell you that as a female fan, it's important to me that you keep Claire in the picture,
Graham Winton is an excellent narrator. I've tried to get interested in some of his other (non--Smith) works just because I like his narration here so much, but alas, none of the other titles grab me. I hope the audible author community picks him up in a big way
By Lisanne on 06-24-14
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
It started out as another good Virgil Cain novel but it felt as if Mr. Smith found another project to work on and slapped a so so ending on the story. I felt robbed!