2010/ ISBN 9780312373948
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: If you’re a corpse, you should get your
name in the paper.
Reporter Chris Turley dreams of receiving a Pulitzer, as his father
did. He receives a call to meet an unidentified source claiming
to have a big story. Rather than meet his contact, an office building
explodes across from the site and his saving five victims makes
him a hero and puts him, and his story, on the front page. A second
call follows and a second major headline. But then there’s
a body and Chris realizes he’s being led down a path marked
by violence caused by his source.
David Rosenfelt writes a series of light legal mysteries I quite
enjoy. He has a wonderful voice using humor based on situation and
dialogue which is natural and unforced. I had great hopes when I
started this book, but they were quickly dashed.
The plot is formulaic and over-the-top predictable. For a reporter,
the character couldn’t write; his news stories were ones no
publisher would permit. I kept checking the copyright date to see
whether this was something the author had written years ago but
was only being released now. No such luck.
There was little enough development of the protagonist’s
character and none of the villain’s so I never really cared
about them. About half-way through, I no longer cared about the
story either, but I pushed on. The sentences are short and with
no real flow to the dialogue. The suspense was good except you never
once doubted that the good guys would be fine in the end and the
bad guys not. I will give credit for a very good twist.
My suggestion is to pass on this book but do try Rosenfelt’s
Andy Carpenter series instead.