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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Not This Author's Best Work

True Detectives
By Jonathan Kellerman
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (2009)
Rated 3 stars of 5 Possible

True Detectives stars two brothers who can't get along with each other, but must work together.  While the antagonism between the brothers is not more than mildly interesting, far too much of that relationship was included in the story.

Of far more interest was the missing persons case the brothers were investigating and the murder case that got tangled up in the initial investigation...  yet True Detectives is only an average thriller.

The first 117 pages makes one think the book is worth reading; the last 62 pages also support that viewpoint... however the pages in the middle of the book do everything possible to destroy the careful construction of the novel begun in those first pages. The middle of the book also does not make a lot of sense when combined with the ending pages.

I'd recommend this only for die-hard Kellerman fans and with the caviat that this is far from his best work. The novels starring Alex Deleware as the main character are much better than this one.

This review was simultaneously published on Dragonviews and LibraryThing

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