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Green Light for Murder (Detective Tommy Veasy Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2013
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"Interesting characters abound, and the writing style is fascinating, almost script style, but reined in enough to be called a novel with lots of dialogue. In this blackest of screwball comedies, Gould gives new meaning to the idea of Hollywood backstabbing." --Booklist"Author/screenwriter Gould (Cocktail; Fort Apache, The Bronx) casts a jaundiced eye on Hollywood in this madcap first in a series.... Filled with an insider's knowledge of the backstabbing, cutthroat, libidinous one-upmanship of the film industry, this book will appeal to those with a taste for slapstick humor and cartoonish characters." --Publishers Weekly "This series debut from novelist (The Serial Killer's Daughter; Double Bang) and screenwriter (Cocktail; Streets of Gold) Gould ... will keep readers turning the pages. A story that reaches far beyond the last page and will leave readers wanting the next book. A nice pick for patrons who like their sleuths and procedurals on the unconventional side." --Library Journal (starred review) "Here's a police procedural that will make you laugh out loud. As always, Gould...creates incredibly memorable and distinctive characters. Heywood is one of the smartest guys I know and an incredible observer. I'm looking forward to the next thing that comes out of this man's mind." - Killer Nashville Book of the Day "Green Light for Murder is offbeat and inventive. It is also hysterically funny--a sort of literary burlesque whose dialogue packs wallop after wallop. Let's hope Veasy and his roach clip return soon." - Chapter 16 blog
About the Author
Heywood Gould was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn. The first seventeen years of his life were dedicated to sports and self-abuse. He no longer plays sports.
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Veasy is a misunderstood and troubled detective who is smarter than anyone else in the room, a decent guy who is loved by some in the department and loathed by others. His poetry is unique for a character, but didn't really work for me. The poems are rough diamonds at best, and too frequent for me ever to miss them. That said, the villain is truly demented and I thought the book came alive when he was "on the air". I like Det. Veasy and would like to read more in this (presumed) series.
I debated throughout between a three- and a four-star rating, and it was the ending that tilted me upward. The book revolves around two cases -- the murdering looney and the case of a bungled burglary. By the novel's end one case is solved and the other is being worked on, in a way that is interesting, consistent with the characters' personalities, and yet not feeling as if you're left hanging.
I thought this was well done -- a good story, interesting characters, and a satisfying ending.
Unfortunately, even though I could follow it, the composition seemed confused - jumping around too much and choosing to alternately gloss over or detail sections in way that didn't feel coherent, collapsing to a sudden and rushed endpoint. Also, while some of the murders were innovative, they weren't described in ways that made them all that interesting or really drew me in/played with my mind the way that many thrillers/murder stories can.
Also - the major detectives weren't people I cared much about and frankly I found them rather depressing. The main character, Tom Veasey hovers between burnout and capable and randomly sprouts poetry throughout the book. Though that is a somewhat amusing device, it started to annoy and distract me. Other characters in the police department are primarily either mean spirited power abusers or women who have accepted that they have to sleep around to get promoted.
This is not a mystery by the way - you know exactly who is killing and there is not much for the reader to figure out. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this...there are too many books in the genres of either murder mystery or murder thriller that satisfy so much more.