Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Alive by Loren D. Estleman

Valentino watched the mover strap the refrigerator-size crate to his hand truck and tilt it back to engage the wheels.

Character+situation+question (what is in the crate) makes this a pass (barely). I'm only mildly interested as to what's in the crate or why Valentino is moving house, if that's what he's doing. I don't really care either way. People move every day. No big deal.

Then comes the first conversation while we're still on page 1 and it hooks as we get a tentative answer to what's in the crate.

"Heavy. What is it?"
"Just one of my vital organs."

That's weird enough to arose the curiosity of even the most comatose cat. The novel begins with a nice mix of narrative and dialogue. It addition to the conversational hook, there's the title and cover that pull me in. However, those distractions don't count with this type of review.

I would have preferred beginning with Frankenstein's monster or something. Then again, we still aren't sure what's in the crate.

Verdict: Pass

Rudy Globird

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