I love Len Deighton, and this one does not disappoint. It's book two of Deighton's third trilogy (after "Berlin Game", "Mexico Set" and "London Match" & "Spy Hook", "Spy Line" and "Spy Sinker") about Master Spy Bernard Sampson and his wife Fiona. (The other two in this second trilogy are, or course, "Faith" and "Charity"). If you like spy books that have engaging characters while keeping you guessing, no one is better than Len Deighton!
Loved it! I love this series in general, with it's often far-flung locales. But this time the setting was almost right at home, in San Francisco, and I still found it riveting. I hated to read that last page! I'd strongly recommend this series, I may even go back and read some "real" Sherlock Holmes!
This was a quick and easy read, and provided much food for thought about relationships and taking a "time out" to look at life. It would have been a fun book club book, but there was just enough undesireable language to make me somewhat uncomfortable sharing. Nothing that most people wouldn't be okay with, just a bit too much for me.
I just can't find any redeeming qualities in this book. Even the "good" guys are bad, very bad. The story is depressing, nobody really wins and there's just nothing uplifting at all about it. I should state that I am a fan of Harlan Coben, but not the Myron Bolitar books, and this one proved to be no exception. It's almost like they're written by a different author, or perhaps the author is just writing to a different audience. Or, in this case, perhaps the author was just really depressed? In any case, I'll read more Harlen Coban, but definitely no more Myron Bolitar stories. It certainly keeps your interest and is a quick read, but that's about all the positive I can give it. Goodbye Myron!
I really, really want to like these books (this one along with "I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason", "Not a Girl Detective"). I think the premise is terrific -- modern writer in LA obsessed with all the old classics (as well as old classic clothes). I think the books are succesful, in varying degrees, in bringing some of the period settings alive, but I'd like to see more. I'm a huge fan of Perry, Nancy Drew and Dashiel Hammett, but they don't always come through as I'd like them to (don't worry, I know that two of these people are fictional, but if you are a fan perhaps you'll know what I mean!). When reading this latest book I kept having to flip back to clarify something about some obscure character or a more major character who wasn't defined very clearly. Unlike Perry and Nancy, the detective star of this book, Cece, doesn't wrap things up very tightly, strings are left hanging. And I'm pretty sure that Sam Spade (Hammett's hard-boiled detective in The Maltese Falcon) would have been disappointed. However, I can't say that there aren't a lot of fun scenes thrown in, with the info about Dashiell Hammet's life and the heroine's musings about clothing choices. So, I'm sure I'll read the next Cece Caruso book (Christietown) and hope for the best. Like the spunky Nancy Drew, and indeed the spunky Cece Caruso, I have a hard time giving up on a case.
Excellent book. I really enjoyed the author's writing, and his research and analysis was fascinating. If you want to understand things about society, whether you're doing it for business or just for knowledge, this is a great book.