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I gave this book a one star rating for lack of a zero rating
on August 31, 1999
I hate to piggyback on another reader's review but after reading Shadowskc's review, I just had to comment on this book, rather than remain just another passive reader. I too only read part of the book and found it so lacking I could not finish it. I read on the average of two books per week, so a book has to be really bad when I will not finsh reading it. The plot had some good beginnings but the characters were so trite and insipid they quickly became offensive. I am not a female chauvinist by any stretch of the imagination, but the women in this book were depicted as not being capable of a higher status than being doormats for the males in the book and unable to make any decisions without male intervention. I realize this author wrote back in the dark ages, but I have a feeling that even if he wrote during the 90's, the main character, Mr. Private Investigator, would be a gay-bashing, self-proclaimed stud, sporting a buzz haircut and camouflage tee shirt. I am sure there are enough Neanderthals out there to support this book's reprinting but I for one feel mislead by the synopsis and regret having purchased the book. If this book is consider to be a "classic" of some kind, I would think it could best be used as mandatory reading in a creative writing class as the "classic" example of how NOT to write, how to build characters not of this planet, how to destroy a potentially good plot and in the process, offend anyone with an IQ above room temperature. If you really like good suspense novels, try Ridley Pearson. He is an excellent writer who will keep you on the edge of your chair rather than on the edge of a coma as does MacDonald. Or for real "classic" character development, try Patrick McGrath.