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The White Russian Caper is the second in this series I have listened too. Again I was really happy with everything about it.
The hero is a the epitome of the classic Hard-Boiled detective (with a soft gooey yolk where his wife is concerned). This is further reinforced by the time period being around 1980. At times it reads and sounds more like 1940, but that doesn't take away at all. You just know it is not today. Those of us old enough to remember hunting for pay phones and there not being a casino in practically every city in the US will relate.
I think the narrator contributes a lot to this Sam Spade/Phillip Marlowe feel (I like those guys so that's a compliment). He is not quiet as hard nosed as Marlowe - sounds more like Raymond Burr as Perry Mason which is very fitting for the way the author has written the dialogue. Burr was never high energy, but always enjoyable. This type delivery wouldn't work for Jason Borne, but is perfect here. The laid back style is very credible for the voice of Damien.
In this book, Millie, the wife, graduates from her minor co-star role in number #1 to equal billing with the star. Her interface with all the characters in Miami is especially enjoyable. Yes, there is some stereo typing of the Miami residents of the period but it is not offensive at all. Think Molly Goldberg.
There is a complex plot to figure out for the mystery fan as well as a great deal of action, without going overboard with violence, to keep it from being dull. It is a feel good mystery and there are a few places where you will probably laugh and none where you will cry.
Will be looking for the next in this series.
Note; At the end of the recording there is a short story told by a dog about his finding new masters. It is based on something in the authors life. It neither adds or detracts from the book and I am ignoring it in this review. Not my cup of tea, but not relevant to my enjoyment of the real story.
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Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
This is the 2nd book in the series . Damien and Millie have a great adventure in this book. I enjoy mystery books. The author gives the reader great descriptions without going overboard.
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Any additional comments?
This is an enjoyable, old fashioned caper set in a time before mobile phones. The central characters are well formed, leaving the memorable impression of a fond couple willing to face hardship and danger for each other and who are invested, not only with generosity towards others but also above average detective skills. When her husband goes missing the day before their belated honeymoon, Millie goes into action.
And there is action aplenty - and food eaten and enjoyed. It feels very human, plausible even.
The narrator has a good voice for this style and era of writing, giving a slightly gravelled, laconic presentation. The reading is steady and clear although, just occasionally, his identification of the speaker seems confused in conversation. This does not, however, distract from the overall story. This is a murder mystery to savour at least as much for the protagonists as the story itself.
There is an additional bonus short story seen from a dog's perspective at the end of the book, totally unrelated to the main mystery.
My thanks to the rights holder of The White Russian Caper, from whom I received a complimentary review copy, via Audiobook Boom.