Reel Life Crime

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Reel Life Crime mirrors the plot of The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett’s novel and John Huston’s 1941 film), while being an original mystery in its own right, a tongue-in-cheek hard-boiled detective story, an affectionate tribute to the noir genre, and a commentary on how much movies impact our culture and our everyday lives. More

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Review by: Sue Owen on March 3, 2012 :
I want more of these types of stories. It’s what I call a curl up in front of the fire with a bag of popcorn and some hot chocolate and sit down to a really good book. I love the detective in this story and the fact that he just can’t seem to come to terms with who he is. Can’t we all associate with that??

This is a great story, full of suspense and wonderfully real characters. I had no trouble following the plot and the clues leading to the end. I was able to guess what happened but that’s not the author’s fault…I read entirely too many books! Regardless I loved it. I hope he creates many more novels with these characters.

From what I’ve been reading, this book included, the old genre they used to call ‘spaghetti western’ where there are a ton of short stories surrounding a central theme or character are coming back. Even as little as 10 years ago no one was writing those anymore. Now, with new authors and the advent of e-books, these types of serial books are making a comeback and I have to say, this is an awesome first round. Keep it up and keep them coming.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Cynthia (Cindy) Johnson on March 1, 2012 :
I was intrigued by Reel Life Crime by Cary Pepper when I was approached to review it.

Private detective Ed Sampas is approached by an “odd couple” for an interesting case. Aristocratic Thelonius Noble and 300 pound Pago Mundy have a problem. Their authentic movie prop (one of only two that exist), the Maltese falcon, has been stolen and they want it back. The recovery must be done quickly and quietly. No police involvement.

Complicating matters are Sampas’ two totally different friends. McNulty, an up-and-up cop, is on the law side and Hank, the gay antiquities dealer, sometimes operates on the other side. Both become intricately meshed in the case.

Comic relief comes with two doped up computer geeks, a beautiful young photographer named Phoebe and Sampas’ nephew Ralph. There is mystery, plot twists and turns, revenge and near-death experiences. The ending is not what one would expect.

I thought this was a great read and highly recommend it. I enjoyed the suspense and the characters were believable and likeable. I have never read The Maltese Falcon or seen the movie but I will now.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
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