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Cleaning Up Finn by Sarah M. Chen
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Cleaning Up Finn

by Sarah M. Chen

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Sarah M. Chen’s mastery of short story writing is echoed seven times greater in this debut novel. The character of Finn Roose, a restaurant manager who is behaviorally and psychologically broken offers the reader a clean, clear humanity that pulls the reader along the quick paced plot because his complexities, actions, twerks, and reactions are so credibly understood. A hard broiled noir, Chen satisfies. Her next book will be awaited by anxious readers who not only felt safe in her capable story-telling hands but found Finn a sought-after protagonist on the bookstore shelves.
--Le Coeur de l'Artiste
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  DJadamson | Jan 4, 2018 |
The quintessential noir story is where a man falls deeper and deeper into a hell of his own making. It's generally a story where the man falls deeper into quicksand and can't claw his way out.

Cleaning Up Finn fits right into this genre. The lead character Finn is a lowlife scumbag loser who uses his position as the manager of a South Bay restaurant to pick up any sweet young thing who walked in - the younger the better. And uses his buddy's fancy cars and yacht to
romance the young innocent. Finn's a lush, a conman, a scumball.

This is the story of one such pickup and how it goes of the rails when he realizes to his eternal regret how young she really is and turns into a murder investigation and twists and turns as Finn dives headfirst into a tunnel to hell. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Synopsis/blurb....

Life is a constant party for restaurant manager, Finn Roose. When he seduces an underage woman on one of his booze cruises and loses her—literally, it sets off a massive search involving the police, her parents, and a private investigator. Finn is an expert manipulator but his endless lies only tighten the screws on himself and his unsuspecting best friend. Finn scrambles to make things right which may be too much to ask from a guy who can’t resist a hot babe and a stiff drink.
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My take....

Finn Roose is a restaurant manager and player; a man with his brains firmly housed south of his trouser belt. If you’re female and under forty and you land in Finn’s place, you’re getting appraised and rated and if you pass muster hit upon.

Ronnie with her fake I.D. passes the test and a date follows the following night. Best friend, Porter – still in hock to Finn for an event that happened when both were young and impulsive, for which Finn took the rap – reluctantly provides his car and boat for Finn’s latest assignation.

The inevitable almost happens – blame the booze (or with hindsight thank it) – but Finn and Ronnie pass out. Finn comes to, panics and flees the scene. Ronnie’s on her own.

A day or two later and the cops show up and the missing and underage Ronnie’s face is plastered on TV. A dogged PI soon starts asking some awkward questions. Finn’s starting to sweat, Porter’s got the hump and a blackmailer starts putting the squeeze on.

You feel like your sympathies shouldn’t really rest with our main man, but somehow in the hands of Sarah Chen, they do. Can Finn clean up his act, get out from under and find some measure of redemption? Or is he doomed to repeat the mistakes of his past?

Short, smart, funny, fast, great plot, great characters, a breath of fresh air! My kind of book. I’m looking forward to what she does next.

4.5 from 5

Sarah M. Chen has her blog/website here.
https://sarahmchen.com/

Catch her on Twitter - @sarahmchen
https://twitter.com/sarahmchen

Cleaning Up Finn is her debut offering. Published by All Due Respect Books!

Thanks to Mike over there for the copy.

Read in June, 2016
http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06... ( )
  col2910 | Jun 22, 2016 |
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