I read the re-published paperback, as it was on this fall's bestseller list. This author was unknown to me, and I did not realise this publishing house was so devoid of new authors to support that they went back to some older publications.
I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly and John Sandford. Their dialogues are gems. Quick, dry, funny and completely believable, so seamless, that it is a joy and great entertainment to read.
Lee Child is a British writer with a career in British television shows till his late 30s. Why he thought he could create a good series with an American protagonist, steeped in American culture as he wanders the country baffles me.
One of the most endearing thing about Americans is their regional attitudes and speech, same with Brits and Aussies.
This situation also occurs when Canadians produce TV movies or shows for the American and Canadian market, everybody sounds the same. You should be able to tell where a production came from. If it is from the USA, Great Britain or Australia, you can.
All the way through this book, set in Georgia near Atlanta I kept reacting to the 'very proper English' dictionnary dialogue, which was distracting and finally annoying.
Story had merit, characters were not developed enough, or smart educated people kept making the most stupid mistakes: Finlay...
In the end, a disapointment. STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW!!!