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Peeper by Loren D. Estleman
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This one is a lot of fun. All the characters think they are comedians and the one-liners never stop. Ralph Poteet is an alleged private eye, reduced to working as a file clerk at a detective agency. There's a lot of potentially interesting back story here that Estleman leaves out. It might have made for an even better book. As it is, this one starts to flag a little after the midpoint. The nadir is an unbelievable computer hacking incident that lacks even the trappings of believability. But the plot really isn't the point here; it's meant to be a roller coaster through the seamy side of Detroit, and in that ambition it succeeds very well.

A book like this makes me think that perhaps writing is a little TOO easy for the prolific Estleman. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 8, 2010 |
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