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If you're looking for a thriller with guns, police chases, drug deals and silly plot twists, this is not the book. By this, I just mean it's true to life. The main character is someone you wouldn't be surprised to bump into in the street - a normal guy with a sad past who runs a PI office behind his little bar, eats bagels and meditates - and the case he is given is exactly what I would expect a real private investigator to take on. It helps, too, that the author is clued up on the ins and outs of all things law (after all, he did practice for twenty years). In fact, just about everything in the book felt like it came from a solid knowledge base which I always appreciate - there's nothing worse than a book where the author doesn't know what they're talking about.
Having said this, I did feel it got a little 'lecture-like' at times, where certain pieces of information could have been skipped without compromising the story. I'm sure, for a lot of people, it proves interesting to read about things outside their own knowledge field, but I'm not big on non-fiction, myself.
Gregory also spends a lot of time building up his main character, Slate, to make him this unique, stand-out figure who will stay with people long after they have finished the book. In some ways this was achieved - everything about him feels real (there I go with that word again) from his past to how he ended up where he is, doing what he's doing. My issue is, there is just no emotion, which is strange for a book written in the first person. Every action, every incident is detailed very well - nicely written with a little humour thrown in - but at no time do we really get an insight into how Slate feels about anything. The book delves into his past but it was like another person was filling me in on the man's life. There's a bit of a love interest in the story but (super frustrating!) we don't know how Slate feels at any point when he's around her. It's almost as though his emotions towards certain things are hinted at through his actions and, with a lot of imagination, you can almost get a sense of how he feels, but it's never given explicitly.
This is a shame because, as I said before, the story line is refreshingly real. Coupled with a lot more depth and feeling, it would make a great book.
However, I do understand the whole touchy-feely, lets-talk-about-our-feelings thing isn't for everyone (hey, I'm a chick-lit fan, what can I say). This book would actually suit a lot of people who like to skip the emotions and get down to the nitty-gritty of a plot - especially one which is realistic and not compromised by trying to turn it into a blockbuster hopeful. I can honestly say, right down to the very end, nothing about 'Cold Winter Rain' is tacky, unrealistic or silly. For this reason, I think the book deserves three stars.
*** I was given a copy of 'Cold Winter Rain' by the author for my honest review ***
I also have no truck with Buddhism or anything like that which our story hero is into and that put me off him and then I happened across a murder scene in the story where Slate lied........for no reason at all. It was silly. I then read this which meant nothing to me-"...outpaced the TSA at LaGuardia". I know the latter is an airport but I've no idea what the TSA is and I wasn't interested enough to look it up. I gave in when he went down to the cloverleaf onto Highway 280 East. Means nothing whatsoever to me. Maybe the author didn't consider foreign readers.
It did redeem itself in that I got this far and hadn't found any mistakes. That always merits an extra star for me these days.
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