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It’s certainly informative.

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Aug 5, 2008: I feel like I know my way around Washington DC now, that’s for sure.

This was one of those stories that I wanted to like because I liked the idea of a private investigator that specialized in the occult. There’s a lot of weird stuff in this world. Really, it’s only natural that someone like him would exist. Kind of like a Monk meets Buffy type of thing. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it.

I found the writing a bit mechanical and I couldn’t tell if that was the author’s style or the obsessive compulsive tendencies of the MC, which seem to be present at the onset of the story but not again, at least not in the chapters I read. Because of this voice I had a hard time connecting to Dashiell. I just wasn’t feeling the love.

On top of that I felt like I was getting pelted with needless information. We’re given turn by turn (literally) directions of where the MC is driving, which line he takes on the subway and so on. I’m all for authenticity in writing, especially when you’re writing about an actual place but subtlety is key. I’d rather like to know how a certain place feels as opposed to being able to draw a street map from the unnecessary information that’s in the story. Because there was so much of it, I couldn’t help but think that the author was a little more focused on proving just how much he knew about what he was writing instead of focusing on building character and advancing the plot.

What I did get, though, from the plot was there, was that it sets up the story to be rather interesting. The author does know his occult-ish stuff and with that knowledge I think the possibilities are nearly endless with potential story lines but he needs to find a balance between what’s necessary and what’s info dumping.

By the previous review it appears that the story, both plot-wise and written-wise, gets better the more you read into it. I just wasn’t interested and sparked enough initially to keep reading to find that out for myself.

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