on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I've said in another review of these Eamonn Shute stories how much I love his lifestyle. This guy has the lifestyle we all want. If you think you don't deserve or wouldn't enjoy a lifestyle like his - I know a couple of therapists that seem to have a great reputation and am happy to pass on their details! We get a hint that in the past he has won the lottery - and we don't really know whether this was the real focus of his unfinished PhD in maths or not... maybe he was just lucky. Whether he was 'just lucky', or skewed his odds somehow, the millions he won allowed him to ditch the cold of Ireland for the tropical heat of Miami, buying the whole top floor of a building overlooking the beaches and scoring a lovely girlfriend along the way.
So, there's the perfect lifestyle that most of us can picture ourselves in (soon to be all of us - after a few sessions) and I was probably already entranced, well before parts of this lovely lifestyle threaten to unravel. The lovely girlfriend is falsely accused of murder and... off we go. Oh, and did I mention that Eamonn came from a really bad, down and out part of Ireland... so bad he thought it necessary to become a bit of an expert in martial arts - so he's quite at home in a bar fight.
So, the scene is all set, and it lights, camera, action. Off we go, racing against time, to find out who really committed the murder that the lovely girlfriend has been accused of. There's plenty of twists and turns in the finer details of the plot.
By the end it was, sort of, like riding along with a racing driver around a race track... you can see a corner coming, but the driver doesn't appear to have even thought about hitting the brakes yet; I could tell I was almost at the end of the book, and disaster still hadn't been averted. Sure enough, just like the racing driver, Mr McFadden knew he had just barely enough time to hit the brakes and throw you around that last corner, and onto the home straight.
It was a great read. And, like I said, I'd probably be happy to read about Eamonn doing boring day to day stuff, let alone an adventure of this scale.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2011 :
This straightforward plot works because of interesting characters and great dialogue. Shute an out of shape, lottery winning, Irish immigrant is in love with Nicky, a Latina bookshop owner. Freeing her from crimes wrongly accused of, becomes Eamonn's passion whatever the cost. I like these two characters very much as well as others such as the big Samoan associate, and the seemingly incompetent lawyer. I also much dislike the sleazy characters including Nicky's ex, who is a lazy slob who is tring to get something for nothing. The south Florida and Islands settings are brought to life so the reader can picture the action. I look forward to my next Tony McFadden story.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Feb. 28, 2011 :
Loved it, couldn't put it down all weekend. Loved the characters and the story. Would love to read more Eamonn Shute adventures...
(reviewed the day of purchase)