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Bad Things Happen

by Harry Dolan

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Pretty good for a first novel. I look forward to reading the second. It was a little difficult in the end to follow all the murders and murderers (there were a lot of deaths to keep track of). I never did a partial review as I was reading this book b/c I couldn't figure out what kept me going back. Something about the writers or the characters kept you wanting to read more and I never have put my finger on it. The book was good, but there wasn't anything exceptional about it. ( )
  campingmomma | Aug 18, 2015 |
One of the best opening sentences I've ever read. I knew from that point I'd like this quirky but exceptionally written book. ( )
  groundedforlife | Jul 6, 2015 |
Very interesting. Well crafted. Harry Dolan is one to read—or at least this one is. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Very interesting. Well crafted. Harry Dolan is one to read—or at least this one is. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
While entertaining, this is clearly a first novel. The author adopts an almost hermaneutic style that excludes all humans but crime writers, editors, and police. Clearly in thrall with a writerly life, the author portrays authors as being just as venal, amoral, and dangerous as any other group of citizens. They are just more familiar with potential scenarios if they specialize in detective fiction, which in this work, everyone does. There's also a literary magazine devoted to the genre. This world, is as bizarre in its fashion as individuals who wear Star Trek uniforms or who know every line of dialogue from Star Wars. The heroine, a police detective, is constantly reminding the hero--a spiritual and honorable editor--that a series of murders is not a story in a magazine, but real life and he should leave the solution of the crimes to police professionals. Of course he ignores this device, and like Clint Eastwood becomes the adult in the book, capable of making connections and taking actions that no one else can. He is interesting but something of a stick figure, riding into town and putting down the bad guys with his brains rather than his fists. That's entirely appropriate in a university town like Ann Arbor. ( )
  neddludd | Dec 27, 2014 |
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Although the plot is fairly outlandish, the narrative comes with startling developments and nicely tricky reversals. There’s also something appealingly offbeat about the wry, dry tone of its academic humor.
 
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"Witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun..." -- The Washington Post 

The man who calls himself DAVID LOOGAN is hoping to escape a violent past by leading a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets -- and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. When Tom offers him a job as an editor, Loogan sees no harm in accepting. What he doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die.  

ELIZABETH WAISHKEY is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesn't know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her find the truth? As more deaths start mounting up -- some of them echoing stories published in the magazine -- it's up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.

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The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets--and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. When Tom offers him a job as an editor, Loogan sees no harm in accepting. What he doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die.--From publisher's description.… (more)

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