on 17 October 2013
I read the three novels of this series in order, without reading other crime novels in between. The first, SHAKEDOWN, did just enough to get me to the second, THE DEAD MAN, but I must say it wasn't a convincing push. I didn't find the mystery element to be all that engrossing. That changed in the second novel with a well-developed plot and a good number of candidates thrown up as possible "baddies". I was pretty invested by the third book, NO WAY OUT, and felt again that it was pretty strong, although somewhat drawn-out towards the end.
But the things which made it work for me overall, apart from the three reasonably strong but separate plots, were : the good quality of writing, with doses of humour here and there; Jack, the main character who was likeable and effective, yet fallible, all while he was struggling with his movement disorder (Jack starts as a FBI agent but loses his job in the series due to his illness.); and, finally, the way Goldman developed a wider pool of characters with whom Jack had, or created, various relationships.
A couple of typos in the three books (Kindle version), but nothing too serious and certainly not enough to be annoying or impact the rating.
I have read a few Goldman books and he has a noteworthy cast of different characters to follow. He has once again done enough here for me to continue with the ride.