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Ellipsis: A John Marshall Tanner Novel Hardcover – Jul 1 2000


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684849550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684849553
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #743,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used to love Stephen Greenleaf's John Marshall Tanner mysteries, but ELLIPSIS was tired, mechanical, and unconvincing. It reminded me of the reasons why Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels ran out of steam. For one thing, there is too much midlife crisis angst on the part of Tanner, too much relationship trouble between him and his girlfriend. For another, there are two different women of mature years who are raunchy and amusing and make Tanner blush -- one is plausible, two are excessive. For a third, the plot is warmed-over. I was reminded of Parker's LOOKING FOR RACHEL WALLACE. Again the p.i. bodyguards a major female celebrity writer. Of course, in the Parker book the writer was lesbian; here she's straight and a romance novelist. A promising plot development -- allegations of plagiarism -- goes nowhere. Another plot line, a carryover from a previous book in the series, becomes increasingly significant, but if you haven't read the previous book you'll be frustrated and put off by the too-neat tying together of disparate plot lines. Finally, the ending of the Tanner character study in this book depends on a "deus-ex-machina" ending that had me throwing the book across the room.
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John Marshall Tanner, private investigator, tells his story of this case. His client is Chandelier, a super successful writer of romance novels. Her secretary is Lark. Tanner's girl friend is Coppelia. And the author surely has fun inventing names. Aside from that, he writes in clear, concise language, presents a tight plot that is well thought out. It is a book that is a pleasure to read because it is written intelligently and without the usual gimmicks. What more can one ask for? I highly recommend it.
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By Tim Smith on Oct. 17 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I've read by the highly recommended Greenleaf. Marshall Tanner, private investigator, is brash, sarcastic, quick-witted, and very human... He is hired to protect a suspense/romance writer who is then involved in a car bombing. Tanner's own personal life and the way Greenleaf ties the clues and different elements of the story together makes for entertaining reading that held my interest until the final surprise. His presentation of Tanner makes me want to go back and get to know him better. My guess is it will be just as satisfying as watching Michael Connelly's Hieronymous Bosch develop...
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By A Customer on July 27 2000
Format: Hardcover
I wish I didn't know what "ellipsis" means.
I wish that the author had left a few strings hanging. The Tanner series never disappoints. I recently began reading the series from the beginning and it is interesting to see the development and growth of the character. Mr. Greenleaf has crafted a man who is an accidental hero, a man whose heroism has its roots in his fundamental sense of decency and his loyalty to those whom he cherishes.
The John Marshall Tanner series is worth discovering.
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