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Headlock (A Jeff Reynolds Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Yes, the book is good. I haven't enjoyed reading about a P.I. (albeit an unwilling one) so much since Robert B. Parker's early Spencer novels.
And the ending is a blast!
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I was hooked from the outset. The main protagonist, Jeff Reynolds is my kind of man! Mr Barer writes with such flair and humor, I found myself laughing out loud at times and cringing at the goings on other times. How delightful with its mixture of the dramatic and of Jeff Reynold's sarcastic humor. Of course, that humor comes from Mr Barer and projected into the character.
Told ya I'm not much of a writer. Can't wait for installment #2!
Readers may decide there are autobiographical connections between Mr. Reynolds and
Mr. Barer. They would not be mistaken. Reynolds is sarcastic, casts a widely jaundiced
eye, and has an interestingly skewed attitude toward several common aspects of the world
we live in.
Jeff Reynolds is not exactly the P.I. I would hire to solve a mystery for me. But Jeff
Reynolds is certainly a guy I�d spend some quality time hanging out with. Particularly at
McFeely�s Tavern in, of all places, Walla Walla.
The gist of the story is that this paranoid fellow who rarely ventures beyond his front door
may--or may not--know something material about a murder. A murder that happened a
while ago. Feeling threatened, he, one Richard Tibbits, now wants Jeff Reynolds to find
out why no one was prosecuted and why people are again pestering Richard. If, in fact,
they are. The way he picked Reynolds is interesting. Tibbits read about Reynolds in the
local newspaper on the occasion of a bookstore signing for one of Reynolds� books. By
the way, Tibbits is a former pro-wrestler, which should tell you something about this
Part of the difficulty with this action novel that just lopes right along page after page is
that it�s complicated and a little hard to read because your eyes keep tearing up with
laughter. There are truly only a few writers working today who can sustain such a
consistent level of fine writing, complexities of plot, great imagination, and humor.
I just hope he doesn�t write too many of them. My stomach muscles are still sore from
The plot gets a little complicated from there, and there is a sidebar of wrestling, but it's not difficult to keep the characters straight. There are many subplots that come together to form the whole.
I've never been to Walla Walla, but I have been to Mukilteo.