The Man Who Killed His Brother Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 2003
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An alcoholic PI who's lost his licence; a missing girl; and a horrifying race against time . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Right from the first page you are interested in the main character. As soon as he is introduced the reader needs to know more about him. This is not like a typical mystery story because it still has Donaldson’s classic bad guys.
In all Donaldson’s book it is the evil characters that steal the show. This book is different but be prepared for some very nasty characters.
Few writers even try to face genres this different and Donaldson does so with a fair degree of success.
The anti-hero, Mick Axbrewder, this time has an alcohol problem and a terrible shane in his past. People see some good in him nonetheless, but he doesn't and quite possibly just can't.
He's not even that good a detective, his partner Ginny Fistoulari is and what little self-worth he still has is basically kept together by his occasional helping her in her cases as a PI. So when his sister in law hires them to find his missing niece, a sordid story if heroin addiction, prostitution and death begins, not without redemption in sight.
What Donaldson excels at is characters. Axbrewder is a horrible failure, but like most noir/pulp heroes he has a solid moral core. His biggest strength is his intuition and understanding of people. All other figures are believable and multi-faceted, even the violent cop has surprises in store. Though the crime plot is not rock-solid, it's still quite good.
This was a very enjoyable book and hopefully he start of a good series. There are three more if them and I, for one, am very interested in seeing what Donaldson will come up with for Axbrewder and the hopefully returning cast in the sequels.
I admire the author for not sitting on his laurels and milking his cash cows. And I love the main character. Compromised and wading in guilt and shame. But still managing to navigate.
This book is just awful! The dialogue is so naff you just cringe reading it. Everything about is amateurish, the main characters don't swear at all, "punk" to a man caught murdering 13 year old girls, "Damn and Blast?" who says that?!? I assumed it was because the book was written to appeal to younger readers until a villain uses the "C" word !!!!!!! Where the hell did that come from?????? On the other hand my girlfriend thought I'd developed touretts the amount of times I couldn't keep it to myself what I thought of it.
The plot is so linear there's no suspense at all and when the explanation comes at the end you wonder why they're bothering when it was obvious who the villain was chapters ago.
I won't bore you any more, I can only assume the other reviewers are Donaldson groupies who'd read his shopping list and love it-don't get me wrong, I loved The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant but you wouldn't get a bricklayer to fit your kitchen would you?
If you really are a masochist and STILL want to read it, send me an email and you can HAVE my copy for free.
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