In the 10th installment of his popular Hardcover edition.
cannot suspend disbelief on this one, August 31, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Amish Country PA To quote a favorite author of mine: "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown aside with great force." Dorothy Parker. Most authors attempt to make us suspend disbelief. It is part of good writing. This Lucus Davenport loses that edge early and died rapidly for me. The concept of a hitwoman is not the problem nor is her attitude toward business. The same goes for the female lawyer. I can believe these characters. The friendship that appears to develop strains it first by the fact the client sees the hitwoman's face and has her stay over night with her. Rinker deserves to get caught at that time. How did she know it wasn't a trap? Did the author assume because the buttonman was a buttonwoman she would act differently? It's business not pleasure and the hitman who mixes business and pleasure and takes risks gets caught or hit. First strike. The Thelma and Louise act right down to the scarves was pathetic . The presentation of the female lawyer's personality left much to wonder about mainly why didn't she do it all herself if she was that cold? She has no problem later with killing. And a hitperson who doesn't kill an eye witness even if it is a child? Come on. Ms Lawyer who doesn't want to kill is the one who is gung-ho to knock off the loose end. Maybe she should have been the hitman. She's sure smarter than softie Rinker and less likely to get taken down. That Rinker doesn't is totally amazing. She should have been dead when she hit Ms. Lawyers door the first time. By the time I reached the converstation with Barbara Allens space case husband who is suppose to be a lawyer telling Davenport the details of his pillow talk with the female lawyer who spills her guts to him after having coldly done someone in, I did exactly what Parker suggested and picked up another novel by a different author which brought my faith in mystery and suspense writers back. As to the events I listed...I can buy the one of the above but not all of the above. Pick one and goe with it Sandford. The pace flowed rapidly but the ideas where too far fetched and frankly too stupid for me to buy into. The second Rinker book was better.