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In Andrew Case's first novel, The Big Fear, New York City has descended back in the crime-plagued, fear-ridden state of Gotham City, or more realistically, New York of the 1970s and 80s, where you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys and the garbage is piling up in the streets. When a police detective inadvertently shoots another officer, a civilian investigator is tasked with figuring out what exactly happened.
Andrew Case brings two things to the table that make The Big Fear a different kind of crime thriller. He is an attorney himself who spent a decade as a civilian investigator into police corruption working for New York's CCRB (Civilian Complaint Review Board). And though he is a first time novelist, he has written a half dozen produced plays.
So 1) he really knows what he's talking about, which naturally enhances the credibility of his work, and 2) he knows how to write about it -- and in a manner that is not necessarily consistent with mainstream crime fiction. The fiction format gives him more room to get into description and explanation of his setting and the internal monologue of his characters. My only qualm is that the reveals come too early and are not well masked.
I got this book as part of the Amazon Prime Kindle First program, where you get to choose one free newly published E-book a month, with the option to buy a deeply discounted Audible companion. This one makes me 2-for-2 in choosing well. So I'm going to go back to this well again, an excellent way to introduce myself to new authors.
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Would you listen to The Big Fear again? Why?
Well, I wouldn't listen to it again but that's just because I'd rather listen to something new and not a reflection on this particular book. I'll definitely read the second in the series.
Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
I thought the narration was slightly strange. Not bad, but a bit too breathy throughout. The characters were differentiated though and I didn't find myself wondering whose perspective was given at time.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I wouldn't make a film but maybe a Netflix or Prime series. Crime, corruption and lies.