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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by Ed Gorman

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

by Ed Gorman

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It's October 1962, and the Cuban missile crisis is looming large in the minds of the residents of Black River Falls, Iowa. Some residents are even constructing bomb shelters as precautionary measures. One such resident is Ross Murdoch, a well-known community figure who is planning to run for governor. His plans are scotched, however, when a dead woman turns up in his newly built bomb shelter. He hires Sam McCain to investigate and try to clear his name. Of course, that might be a bit difficult, since as her lover, he is one of the prime suspects.

I hadn't read any Sam McCain books in a while, but it was easy to slip back into the rhythm of life in small-town Iowa. McCain's narration is amusing and friendly but never flippant about really important things -- he comes across as a stand-up guy. I also enjoyed the scene with his parents, who are probably the source of his sense of humour. He also displays some talent with description but does not overdo it when it is not needed; it is mainly employed for the scenery when he's driving or for very dramatic moments.

This was a short book but did not feel padded or too thin: it was just the right length, and the pace was even throughout. I would recommend this more for people who have already started the series, because there are some developments in McCain's personal life that will make more sense if you're familiar with the characters. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Nov 3, 2012 |
Each author wrote very well. They had interesting views on break-ups. Very readable, and would appeal to teenagers/young adults. AHS/RM
  edspicer | May 19, 2010 |
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From the back - The Cuban Missile Crisis has America living in fear, but life must go on for the citizens of Black River Falls, Iowa... except, sadly, for beautiful Karen Hastings, found strangled in the bomb shelter of gubernatorial candidate Ross Murdoch. Murdoch hires investigator-attorney Sam McCain to clear his name. However, that may prove impossible, even if he is innocent of the crime. The dead woman not only knew McCain's powerful new client quite intimately, but also knew three other pillars of the community who shared the victim's services as mistress. And she was blackmailing all four men.Four motives and suspects give Sam an edge to a tawdry case that gets dirtier with each new secret that comes to light, especially when the killer strikes again. Were those guilty of sin and seduction also driven to kill? Or does the truth lie somewhere deeper in the dark corners of the human heart?"The finest hour yet for an idealistic writer...at his most unguarded and appealing." Kirkus Reviews

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Private investigator Sam McCain struggles to defend the daughter of his nemesis from charges of murder.

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