Having been through every single Joe ledger story i thought I'd try one of his others. Liked it very much, strong female lead this time instead but I ..Show More »think it's maberry's overall style i like as this was easily as good as any of the ledger novels. Well read and most importantly, a different voice.
Better characters would have helped. The two main characters of Des Fox and Billy Trout are loathsome and weak in that order. There is nothing wrong w..Show More »ith a flawed hero, but not when they are only flaws and have nothing to redeem them and make you care if they die. In fact a lot of readers might actually find them rooting for them to die.
Des Fox's bad traits include being borderline alcoholic, anti-social, borderline psychotic, verbally and physically abusive, sexually promiscuous and prone to outbursts of near insanity and any given moment. And yet apparently all this makes her a good cop. I can't think of anyone worse to be a cop. Why anyone in this book would follow her leadership is beyond me. After one crazy act she actually gives a lecture to people on them not doing stupid things and they agree with her. Never wanted a main character to die more than in this book.
Billy is just a weak character. He allows Des to beat on him and verbally abuse him constantly. Only she can engage in positive physical or emotional contact or Billy is likely to get hit. So I found him to weak to enjoy and found the idea of book that is effectively giving the ok to be an enabler to an abusive person a bit poor.