Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Very Bad Men, by Harry Dolan
Harry Dolan is a very talented writer. David Loogan, the editor of a mystery magazine, Grey Streets, and Elizabeth Waishkey, an Ann Arbor police detective, are great creations. Very Bad Men did not need an editor like "a basket of kittens," but a like a tiger with a buzzsaw. So many characters, so many layers of villains, so many plot twists, so many dead people. Most often a mystery that reaches 412 pages has lost its way. I hope Dolan gets a better editor for book three or that Amy stops worrying about whether he likes her.