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Mr King can write a good book, but this is a lemon. After a little flurry of excitement at the beginning absolutely nothing happens until a few pages at the end. There is a particularly irritating character with a stutter and every stutter is carefully replicated in all his invariably tedious direct speech. No plot worth the name here.
This series is one of my favorites. This newest entry did nothing to change that.
King brings the Everglades alive, making the reader feel as if he’s there, in a few well-crafted sentences. And he moves Max’s relationship with Sherry forward a few steps, a much more realistic approach than many authors use.
The tension is steady throughout with just enough downtime sections to give the reader a chance to catch his breath.
The reason for kidnapping Max’s friend’s wife, Diane, was a bit of a surprise but I suspected who was behind it the moment he appeared in the book.
The first four chapters are in present tense, the rest in past. When King made the shift from present tense in Chapter 5, it threw me.
Two key characters in the story seem to get short shrift at the end, disappearing after the climax. It would have been nice to know what happened to them. The epilog seemed a little vague and thus unnecessary – unless King is using it as a lead-in to an upcoming book in the series.
One mistake jumped out at me. King has Freeman driving a restored one-time Plymouth police car with a 420 cu. in. engine. Those cars had 440 cu. in. engines.
I still like these Max Freeman novels and hope King writes more of them.
I enjoy reading Max Freeman books but his one is more about Diane Manchester than Max. True he is involved in helping to find her, alone with Billy, her husband, but the man character through out the book is Diane. Others have written many lines telling what the book is about so no need for me to do that. There are some twist and turns at the end. The rest is pretty well cut and dried as you know how it is going to turn out. I did like the way the conversation had to be done between Max and CQ. That was good. Am sure I will get the next Max Freeman when it comes out but hope it provides a little more of him and more action that this one.
As with the 6 previous Max Fredman novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Jon King does a splendid job in fleshing out his characters and making the reader actually care about what happens to them in both this novel and in the future. You won't be disappointed with this or any other Max Freeman novel. I an looking forward to Jon King's next Max Freeman novel!
Amazing read with gritty realistic details. The description of the Everglades and surrounding area is accurate to a fault. Makes this Glades girl homesick! Highly recommended reading for those who enjoy a great story.
Good read. Kinda wordy in places...still...pretty fast moving story. But not a big fan of .... you decide the rest of the story...... Hopefully he' ll have an " update" in a few years. Like knowing what happens to Max... Glad I happened upon this author...actually bought the 1st book at a big used book store....while looking for someone new ..as I am a big fan of Alex Delaware series!!!
Not as good as his previous Philadelphia Detective books. One Character & her baby endured too much for my taste, and not realisticly. Would like to see another Max Freeman mystery, with realism and suspense of King's best books.