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Good book with major issues
am 12. Mai 2013
Looking at other reviews on Amazon one might get the feeling, that three stars for a book means that it's bad and not worth to be read. I wouldn't necessarily say that for this one. I love the "Cut & Run" Series in general and in a way this book as well, but I had two problems with it. The smaller one is the fact that while the other books weren't necessarily the most authentic pieces of police work, this one takes the crown. I don't expect the books to be perfect but to start this one of, with the two main characters participating in an obviously quite public PR campaign, and then have practically the second part deal with the fact that their past undercover work, you know undercover as in your live depends on the fact that your real identity remains a secret, isn't quite as finished as they may have liked, a fact they are both perfectly aware of, takes a lot of credibility out of the series.
To explain my other, and major issue I had, one has to know that this book deals with quite heavy subjects such as deceit on the one hand, and substance abuse on the other. Those topics are addressed and dealt with but there is, as a consequence of these issues, some major abusive behavior going on which is, in my personal opinion, treated way too lightly. Due to spoiler issues, as it concerns the two leads(!), am I not to going to go into detail, but it got so bad that at some point I had to stop reading because I was too horrified, and was seriously considering to simply abandon this series. I only decided to go on reading since I loved the series too much to stop then.
I'm aware that some of these issues are probably going to play a major part in the next book, and it's understandable that the author didn't want to resolve everything in the last ten pages, but the fact that this behavior is completely ignored with all the other problems hanging around, left a bitter taste in my mouth.
I understand that many won't react quite as sensitive to this subject as I do and, once again, I don't think that it's a bad book in general, it's entertaining and written pretty much in the same tone of the rest of the series and therefore definitely a recommended read for anyone who likes this genre but that doesn't mean that I can ignore those points in my review. Therefore three stars, and I'm going to be quite wary with how the series continues and addresses those issues.