- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Grand Central Publishing (13. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 044658505X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446585057
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,5 x 17,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.166.268 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Don't Blink (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Oktober 2011
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Don’t Blink is a portmanteau novel, jointly credited to James Patterson and (in smaller font on the jacket) the lesser-known Howard Roughan. And while Patterson has long been one of the most world’s popular thriller writers, there are those who have expressed doubts about his joint writing ventures with other writers such as Andrew Gross. Surely, they argued, we want our Patterson unadulterated, not filtered through the pen of another author? However, the books by Patterson and his various partners have largely succeeded in hitting the bestseller charts as firmly as Paterson's solo efforts; and it’s more than likely that this new book will repeat that success.
This is a Mafia epic, and will inevitably invite comparison with Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, though it’s a different approach to the subject. While Lombardo’s Steak House in New York is celebrated for its food, it’s also notorious for a less salubrious reason: the savage killing of a corrupt lawyer for the Organisation. The killer escapes without leaving a trace, and speculation about his possible employer are rife. At the murder, reporter Nick Daniels was present, interviewing a sports personality at another table. Without realising it, Nick is the recipient of an important piece of information -- but as he becomes further embroiled in the crime and its investigation, he find his own life is on the line -- and the fact that he has fallen in love further complicates an already fraught situation.
While some James Patterson fans might have preferred another Alex Cross novel (or something in one of Patterson's alternate Women’s Murder Club series), there's no denying that Patterson and his less celebrated co-writer (who may have done most of the heavy lifting here) do ensure that we keep turning the pages very swiftly. Patterson's famously cut-to the bone, super-brief chapters are well in evidence, further ensuring that momentum is the name of the game here. --Barry Forshaw
ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON
"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."―People
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."
"Dont Blink" ist unterhaltsam, manchmal sogar lustig, spannend und fesselnd. Also die perfekte Lektüre für 3 Tage am Strand. Nicht mehr - aber eben auch nicht weniger!
to readers who are used to regarding a novel's division into chapters ( and books ) as part of the story's construction. Between the empty pages there is regrettably a lot of mediocre if not bad writing. " Political correct " cartoon characters and dialogue that seems to come straight from " Writing by Numbers "
are quite annoying. There are so many good books out there at the moment, think twice before you waste your time and money on this one.
This is the second story in the series and follows on a couple of months after the shocking conclusion to the previous book. In this story Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to Lieutenant, finds herself investigating some race hate crimes. She discovers fairly quickly that the crimes are being committed by a person who is part of a specific white group with an identifying tattoo - but it proves very difficult to pin down exactly who he is. When he starts toying with Lindsay and the police department, including killing someone close to her as well as attacking her friends, the stakes are even higher.
There are some additional side-plots in this story, including the return of Lindsay's father into her life, some significant events in Jill Bernhardt's life and a romance for Cindy Thomas. As in the previous book, the Women's Murder Club seems a rather unnecessary plot device where Lindsay talks over the case with her friends.
The writing style in this book felt at times rather clunky. I lost count of the time James Patterson used phrases like "My heart was exploding in my chest" or some other overblown description for Lindsay's excitement or fear. Although the action kept going I found some of the events a little difficult to swallow and I wasn't as gripped by this story as I had been by the previous one in the series.
The reader of this book had a less enjoyable voice than the reader of the previous one with a rather harsh delivery at times. Chapters where the narrator is the murderer were read by a male reader and unfortunately the volume on these chapters was notably quieter so that the volume had to be increased to hear him properly, then reduced again for the female narrator.
The book is a quick read. Most chapters are 2-3 pages so there's a lot of white space.
Those who like action and fast-moving stories will find this book especially attractive. Those who like complex, constantly evolving characters will be disappointed. If you read 1st to Die, you know that the book has four female characters are part of its lead. I think it's hard for many male writers to tell stories that are convincing about female characters. I kept imagining how Sue Grafton would have handled the same story, and I missed the nuance and texture that her novels provide.
Lindsay Boxer from 1st to Die is now a homicide detective who's having a hard time adjusting to "normal" life after the events in 1st to Die. When a horrible shooting at a ghetto church happens, her old partner, Jacobi, asks her if she wants to take it on again. She decides to go ahead. Soon, there's a second death and Lindsay begins to suspect that their might be a serial killer involved . . . but she cannot make sense of the pattern except that it may be racially motivated.
The book uses a tried-and-true technique for stories about serial killers. The narration alternates between what the serial killer is doing and the police investigation. That leaves you comfortably ahead of the police, but not quite up to the serial killer. The story unwinds in a complexity and intimacy that are a rewarding variation on the usual "psycho" serial killer scenario found in so many books.
Mr. Patterson and Mr. Gross also manage to raise some good questions along the way about what the balance should be between one's commitment to work and to one's family and friends. Think about that as you read this story.
Be sure to start early in the evening . . . or you may miss some sleep due to this page-turner.
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