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Sospetto (2011)

by Percival Everett(Favorite Author)
3.47 of 5 Votes: 4
8865941758 (ISBN13: 9788865941751)
review 1: So once again, this is another book I read for my Ethnic Lit class. Starting this book I thought I knew what I was getting into, but in the end I was thrown for a loop. Like the other books I've read for this same class, one of the major themes going on besides the plot line of detective mystery/thriller, is race. But, Everett is very subtle with race, in this novel. It's not that it's "not there", but it's so embedded into the story that sometimes it doesn't necessarily jump out at you.The book is broken up into three different sections or cases. Each one is different from the other and it is fast paced and full of suspense and action. At times it can be hard trying to fit together pieces of the case or even why a certain person/place/thing is reference is thrown in if it... more is totally irrelevant to the case. I found it to be confusing and a bit distracting while trying to read.Our main protagonist, Ogden Walker, is sort of everyday kind of guy, despite being a cop. Sometimes his a character is a little too dry or boring. But Ogden does his best to try to solve the cases along with the rest of his fellow officers. He constantly expresses feeling alone and out of place (which you'll understand more when you read the novel). My best guess is while reading the novel Everett does or doesn't want you to make "assumptions", which is a habit that is hard to break for readers. We naturally make assumptions about characters or plots, and these guesses will throw you for a loop by the time you finish the novel.
review 2: I really enjoyed this one! I liked the author's style and the mood/pace he set. A bit reminiscent of Jim Thompson at times. His main character, Ogden Walker, is a semi-reluctant sheriff in small town New Mexico. He is short on patter and seems a bit moody. The first 2/3 of the book are two cases he gets involved in. Then the last third takes a sharp turn and the plot does the unexpected! Pretty cool to read! less
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Lots of fun to read. Very tricky plotting with lots of surprising twists.
What in the world just happened?
Whoa.Prob 4.5 stars.
A twist at the end.
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