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Last Dance: A Winston Patrick Mystery Paperback – Jan 28 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (Jan. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926607287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926607283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russell artfully lets Winstons own words paint Winston as a bit self-righteous, prickly, and less discerning than Winston believes himself to be. (Publishers Weekly(Jan.))

Last Dance is a well written mystery. But it is more than that. It is a story about searching for a life that can sustain the soul regardless of how uphill the battle should be. (Hamilton Spectator 2012-02-04)

This is a solid mystery with a sad message: Hate does kill. (The Globe and Mail 2012-02-16)

It was a book that I wanted to discuss with others and see what they thought about it. This would be an excellent book for a book club. ( 2012-02-15)

The first-person narrative, realistic dialogue and accessible cast create an engaging intimacy to this fast-paced social commentary. (The Winnipeg Free Press 2012-03-10)

deftly wraps a contentious issue inside a complex and revealing, burtal but also witty, bubble of crime. (The Toronto Sun 2012-03-11)

Russell has created some interesting characters and set them solidly in todays Vancouver. (The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 2012-04-13)

About the Author

David Russell is a long-time member of the arts community in Vancouver. He has worked on stage and television, including performing as a company member with the Vancouver TheatreSports League for more than 15 years. Russell has written freelance for a number of publications, including Maclean's, Vancouver's Sun and Province, the award-winning online news site The Tyee, and others. He lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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Format: Kindle Edition
A pretty good read that I mostly enjoyed with a slight reservation that i'll talk about later. Ok it is now "later"! This is quite an interesting book including a decent mystery while exploring some very serious and fairly current social problems and taking a reasonably realistic look at teenage angst and high school life and politics with both the students and staff while including a good amount of action, lots of suspects, a bit of good detection and police procedural, a bit of humour and a not too unexpected, but not necessarily well liked, ending. It's a treat to read a book that is very well proofread with few if any grammatical or spelling errors. There are many interesting characters, some recurring and some unique, with all the major characters fairly well developed with some of their subplots actually involved in the main plot and others that just help provide either a red herring or some comic relief. One of the few things that annoyed me about the book, a thing that it shares with "Deadly Lessons" the first book in this series and which has caused me to downrate it slightly, is that it is too long and slows down to a crawl through much of the middle part of the book. How many times do we have to read long passages with Win battling his insomnia and running around Vancouver in the midnight rain? A little tighter editing would make this a much better book. While Win's love life is not too successful he sure does collect quite a harem of beautiful young ladies!
Anyway this is actually an enjoyable read and I'd read any more that David Russell might write in this series.
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The witty narration of the central character, Winston Patrick, an ex-lawyer turned high school teacher with self esteem issues, makes this second murder mystery from the author David Russell an entertaining read. A simple case of gay discrimination takes some complex turns as the reluctant sleuth is drawn once again into a criminal investigation. As a west coast reader, I enjoyed how the city of Vancouver plays a major role in the plot, its neighbourhoods and diverse culture providing a colourful backdrop for the comic and tragic events of the story.
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