Wednesday, June 12, 2013

January Justice by Athol Dickson


  • Name: January Justice
  • Author: Athol Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780985430283
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Publisher: Author Author Inc.
  • Publication/Expected Publication: November 21, 2012

I really wanted to like this book.  I really did.  The basic plot is intriguing - a man (Malcolm Cutter) is dealing with the tragic (and drug-induced) death of his client while also attempting to solve a kidnapping case from seven years ago.

Unfortunately, Dickson's writing style in this particular book just did not appeal to me.  Normally, I love getting as many details as possible so I can fully picture the scene in my head; however, the author seems to take this to an extreme.

For example...I have never been to Los Angeles, and I imagine the majority of people who read this book probably never have either, so some general location markers are probably in order.  However, when describing how Cutter travels from point A to point B, Dickson gives specific details, such as (and this is paraphrasing) "I turned right on [x street], then left on [y street], and then bore left on the access ramp to get on the 5.  Then I took..." etc etc.  In a book billed as suspense, this level of detail used consistently throughout the story definitely interfered with the flow of the narrative.

I would still recommend this book, but only to those readers who prefer detailed scene descriptions and slower-paced suspense.

**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**

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