My least favorite so far in the HCC series (I've read four). The character just isn't very likeable. It took about half the book before I really started to care about the main character and even then I couldn't really identify with him in any kind of likeable way. The book is also very short, under 200 actual pages. All in all not bad, but not one of my favorite HCC. He must have something however, because he has fi ve books under the HCC imprint.
Very Pre War English. Meaning dry and somewhat tedious at times. The book is full of minute detail about the english countryside that seems to me at least to lose alot in the voyage over the pond. I certainly wouldn't rate it as one of the best thrillers of all time as others have done.
Awesome crime book! Full of great detail about an armored car heist. In fact it's the details that really get you. You feel as if this crime actually took place. The story is short and is a very fast read; I was very sorry when it ended because it was so good. My only complaint is that the final third of the book felt a little tacked on. Although I think it was more a problem owing to the construction of the tale rather than that final portion not being integral to the story. Donlad Westlake, who wrote the Parker stories under the name Richard Stark, was Lawrence Block's favorite author. I found out about this after going to Block's webpage. Westake wrote the book Memory that is published under the Hard Case Crime imprint. Highly recommended for fans of Hard Case Crime, the book has that gritty, B Movie, 50's feel. Sort of a film noir type without the Femme Fatale.
My fovorite of the Stephanie Plum books I've read so far (1-3) Very funny! Maybe not the best one to start on if you haven't read any others in the series because the book is better when you know some of the history with the other characters.