If it's anything short of murder, Logan's interested! The minute the dame walked up to Logan, he smelled trouble. A real looker, with tons of money and a daddy who liked to spoil her. She asked him to investigate a threatening note whose message was clear: Keep your mouth shut or die.
The first day on the job its fatal warning comes true, and the woman is murdered, or so it seems. Very shortly he discovers that it wasn't the woman at all but someone who looked very much like her. Twists and turns abound as Logan's investigation leads him through a labyrinth of blackmail, mobs, and of course murder!
Anything Short of Murder is a mystery written in the style of the pulp detective thrillers of the 1930s. It follows the investigation of a former LAPD cop who sets up shop in Hollywood during its golden era, when movies began to talk and studio heads were kings.
In a word this is rubbish. Bad grammar in direct speech can be put down to inarticulate characters but it is so bad in the narrative it suggest a barely literate author. The writer is a former bit part/stand-in actor in American films and TV shows of the 1970s, and although I haven't looked at his credits I can only assume one of them was Quincy. That show has always been my bench mark for the worst possible 'explain the plot' wrap-ups. The denouement of this book is one of the longest and most convoluted I have ever read or heard. It is written in the form of the classic 1930's 'whodunnit' stage play, and smacks of an understudy being given his chance in the spotlight and refusing to relinquish the stage. The character even says as much at times.
The narrator's attempts at accents, particularly that of the 'Oirish' cop would normally be enough for me to stop listening and delete, but I found it was so funny I kept going just to hear what dialect he would use next. He seems to have attempted all counties of Ireland, north and south of the border, most of the western isles of Scotland, a touch of Geordie, definite hints of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, and at times lapsing into Nigerian. The laughs I got from that are the only things stopping me returning this for a refund.
What made the experience of listening to Anything Short of Murder the most enjoyable?
Having this book read to me was a true joy. I was free to relax, close my eyes and let my imagination take flight. no eye strain, no putting the book down and picking it up and losing the momentum. I was able to hear it read to me, chapter after chapter,by a smooth voice with perfect pronunciation. A lovely treat.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
With every chapter.. with every word... the writer has kept us on our toes keeping up with all the possible motives, characters and all the zigs and zags of a great " who done it", and leaving the reader never able to guess who the murderer was.
Have you listened to any of James Romick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
James Romick's smooth, clear, pronunciation of each word made it so much more enjoyable than my own reading would have. No struggling with reading glasses, no words jumping around the page. It gave me the freedom to relax, close my eyes and use my imagination to match his wonderful narrative.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
oh yes, I didn't want it to end.. I wanted to know how it was all going to wrap up in the end. what was going to happen to all the characters i'd come to know and who the killer was going to turn out to be.
Any additional comments?
I can't praise this book highly enough...and hearing it on Audible was like hearing the plot for the first time. Tony Piazza's book "Anything Short of Murder" was a great read when I read it in hard copy . But to hear it read now, by James Romick, whose voice gives such animation to each character is truly amazing…and having to do an excellent Irish accent for one of the main characters truly shows off his talent, The author of this book, writing in the dialog of the day, makes it so intriguing and entertaining . "Tom Logan", the main character, is a1940s Shamus, or PI, who's the epitome of the classic private eye for most of us He and his fellow characters are brought to life for the reader and now for the listener. Having all this wonderfully descriptive writing of accents, forms, structures and the atmosphere of the day read to me by Mr. Romick's was a true delight,. Instead of me struggling with reading glasses, as i usually do, and straining to see the words while I tried to read. I can honestly say i've never enjoyed a book so much. This has been a new experience for me. Audible makes an already great book even better. Hearing a book read to me really gives my imagination flight and this Audible book has been a fabulous experience. Exceptional writing, story plot, and narrative...an unbeatable combination. A great book in every way.