Book: Gumshoe Blues
Author: Paul D. Brazill
Publisher: Paul D. Brazill
Overall Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
Gumshoe Blues offers a look into the chaotic life of Peter Ord. After the break up with his wife, and in an liquor induced haze, this gentlemen of the pub becomes a private investigator. He spends a great deal of time drinking, complaining, and running circles around the ne’er-do-wells that infest his world. And, yes, he does actually solve a case or two along the way.
I have to admit, the first time I read this book, my impression was that it was a chaotic mess. There was so much going on, so many different characters making appearances into Peter Ord’s world that it made my head spin. Not a great first impression.
But it was a relatively short read (only 100 pages!) so I decided to give it another go. I still found it to be a chaotic mess, but a brilliant one.
Paul D. Brazill has a gift, rare in the writing world. He has the ability to combine the sometimes dull, sometimes crazy world of a private investigator (and I’ve worked with one, so I know of what I speak) with a dark gallows humor that is only truly found in the world of fiction. As a reader I felt that I was in a high speed chase scene between a drunken wise-cracking ass and the rest of the world. All I could do was hold on, laugh and do my best not to get throw out during one of the scarily tight hairpin curves.
If you enjoy having your breath taken away by shock or laughter, this is a great read.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — A great gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow list”
3 Stars — Buy it if you get the chance. Worth a weekend read
4 Stars — Definitely add this book to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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