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Brown [Kindle Edition]

James Polster
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Former Boston sportswriter McGee Brown is traveling cross-country with his fiancée when they call it quits somewhere around Nevada. With no job and no girl, Brown pushes on to California, where a fruitless job hunt lands him on his old buddy Fillmore’s doorstep. Fillmore is an accomplished clinical psychologist (and part-time bartender) whose own sanity is questionable at best. So it is only fitting when Fillmore suggests the solution to Brown’s financial woes is for him to become a psychologist as well—albeit, not a licensed one. (“This is California, man. It doesn’t matter.”) “Dr. Brown” agrees. His first patient is a beautiful but unhappy woman who suspects her wealthy financier husband is plotting to kill her. Days later, she’s found dead in a gorilla cage, her daughter goes missing, and Brown is hired to find her. The sportswriter-turned psychologist turns private detective. With the sardonic, oft-inebriated Fillmore at his side, Brown delves headfirst into what the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle praised as “a surreal, picaresque romp through the alienating landscape of contemporary culture.”

About the Author

James Polster is a movie producer, novelist, and journalist who earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. A National Fellow of the Explorers Club, he has traveled the world profiling international luminaries such as Indira Gandhi and Donald Trump and covering such major athletic events as the Duran/Leonard Superfight and the World Championships of Elephant Polo. His award-winning first book, A Guest in the Jungle, helped focus a spotlight on the disappearing Amazon rainforest, and his second book, Brown, was named by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of the Year. For his third book, The Graduate Student, Polster drew on his experiences working at Columbia Pictures and NBC.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597523
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; Reissue edition (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2S4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts Well then Goes Downhill 22 May 2011
By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed the first few chapters of 'Brown' so much that it was on course for a definite 5-star review; I liked the short chapters, fast pace and easy humour, plus the subject matter and events were reminiscent of Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently novels. By half way through, however, the humour had worn thin, as had the plot. There were still occasional moments of genius, such as the introduction of the character Mr Casbarian, whose sporadic appearances livened up some of the book's duller passages. James Polster has an interesting writing style: very minimalist. This works for dialogue, allowing conversations to move quickly and flow in a natural way. When it comes to description, though, Polster's bare prose - which is almost entirely lacking in sensual detail - fails to evoke emotional responses in the reader. His minimalist style, therefore, is a double-edged sword. By the end of the book, I found myself happy that it was over, and looking forward to reading something with more substance and descriptive flair. At its best, 'Brown' melds humour and cleverness to excellent effect. Too often, though, the story struggles. At these times, Polster often throws in preposterous situations, relying on the ridiculous to keep the reader interested. It doesn't always work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL & ENTERTAINING 17 May 2011
By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE
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Brown is a plain and stoic title but the book is a cracking read from start to finish as Dr Brown is caught up in a tornado of events that just seem to throw him from one adventure to another.

The story proceeds at a riveting pace but at the end of each short chapter it is hard to stop as you persuade yourself to read just a little bit more to find out what happens next. I want to tell you more but the amazon description has said enough, a sports writer goes to California and somehow becomes a psychologist standing in for his friend who has too many clients. I have said too much.

This is a fantastic book and really well written. The last book that I enjoyed this much was The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Read this book now, you will not be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average read 24 Dec. 2013
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This is and easy read which is interesting although a little pointless, with a very strange and disjointed story. One advantage is that it was a very quick read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brown 20 Oct. 2011
By Fiona Massey VINE VOICE
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To start with this book kept me enthralled with the fun shenanigans of Dr Brown...but with each progressive chapter, I found myself wanting to read more just to see what happens, but it didn't capture me in that "got to read it" style.
The writing wasn't descriptive enough for me, and I found myself asking "what happened" in several places, because the writing fell flat and didn't go into enough detail to keep my brain with the storyline.
It's a shame, this book had the makings of being so much better, it's reminiscent of a script for a play in places.
I enjoyed it, but sadly not enough to give it more than three stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of a screwball comedy 20 Aug. 2011
By A Smile and a Wave TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Brown reminded me of an old `screwball' comedy in the way that so many fantastic things keep happening throughout the book, and to enjoy it there is no option but to suspend belief and enjoy the ride. It is very good fun but you have to open your mind and not worry about the plot too much, nor the larger than life characters. The style of writing kept me glued to Brown pretty much all of the way through the book, and while it's not a classic it is a book that I will re-read, and I will also keep an eye open for more books by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fluff 21 July 2011
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A very fast read - a slim volume with an awful lot of very short, very visual chapters - `Brown' feels very much like a screenplay that didn't get made and got re-vamped into a novel - or novella (it really is very short).

It's an amusing, improbable, silly, funny, hard-to-believe, Big-Lebowskiish tale of McGee Brown, a former sports journalist who, on the advice of a friend, reinvents himself as a bogus psychologist - which is only the start of his roller-coaster ride through the strange and dangerous world of a hugely rich client.

Brown is excellent beach-fluff, of no weight or importance whatsoever, but highly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 21 Jun. 2011
By Stueeh Warburton VINE VOICE
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Brown is a drifter, a Harvard drop out and an unfilfilled sports writer. Brown asks his (much more successful) psychologist mate - Fillmore to help him find another job. Guess what? Fillmore lets Brown take over some of his patients! And from there the train of confusion, murder, strange locations begins! A woman sees Brown -in his advisory context of course -to say that she thinks her husband (Mr Quilp) wants to bump her off. Despite Brown humouring her - a Mrs Quilp is later found dead -with a dead gorilla- but it's not the lady that Brown saw! Mr Quilp - a wheeler dealer - hires Brown to find out who killed her -and whilst he is at it, to find his daughter Qina, who has absconded. How can Brown take the case? He is neither a psychologist or a private investigator! A real super hero -Mr Casbarian keeps helping Brown (oh, and Fillmore) to escape the baddies. Why does Casbarian want to help them? You'll have to find out.
The book is very easy to read and has quite a few quirky events that unfold -some of them involving wild animals. Amazon have helped to sponsor the relaunch of this book. It is a fun-packed holiday read to have by the pool or a cool drink (or both). There a few typos in the narrative, but they don't get in the way as Brown heads for a crazy hospital -complete with baseball and a equally crazy "doctor". Will Brown find the girl and expose the baddies? Only with Casbarian's "just in time" entries!
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