I really wanted to love this book, but it was the little things that killed it for me. I was annoyed by all the (mostly faux) name-dropping, but was stopped in my tracks by an error within the first 3 pages, where a perfume is described as costing "two thousand G's."
A G is a thousand. The authors (all three of them, and their editor) may have meant "two G's" or "two hundred G's," but two thousand thousands is two million, which is an unlikely price for a perfume no matter how upscale, besides which, no one would ever say that. I kept reading a little while longer, but couldn't make myself pick it up again afterwards
Surprisingly good - Not surprising from Due and Barnes, though. Due is one of my top five favorite authors. At first, seemed a little sterotypical with the gangster and hood references and the dialogue in the beginning almost made me judge, but Tananarive kept me reading. I did not regret it. The book was dynamic, all the characters coming to life and an interesting, fast paced story. It didnt have a lot of references to him being an escort, but his past played a big part in the story and made him a hero that you could relate to, somehow. I couldn't put it down, and the end was fulfilliing and surprising. Nuff said. Enjoy!
This was not the best book in my opinion. I read it because of Due, who happens to one of my favorite authors. It started out very slow, but I kept reading because I'm not a big mistery reader, so I expected it initially however it took a while to pick up. The story was ok, but it wasn't very exciting.
I'm sorry, but I couldn't get passed the first 50 pages. The narrative style was very elementary. Tennyson Hardwick is a ridiculous name any day of the week, and for it's double entendre to be explained in the story is just lame...like much of his characterization. He's a vein and superficial guy trying to show depth where there is none.
In fact, the entire story takes itself way too seriously; trying to be intelligent with references to old Hollywood and the like, but it's laughable.
I can't recommend this. The writing style is very pretentious and hollow for its efforts. I'm not surprised Tennyson Hardwick never made it to the big screen.