Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'Bad Things Happen' by Harry Dolan

"A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not good." -- Proverbs 16:29 (NKJV)

This a rave review.

I cannot remember a first novel in a detective series that I have enjoyed as much as listening to Erik Davies read Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Don't miss listening to this book!

The story is so much fun to think and to talk about, it's hard to avoid spoilers . . . but I'll do my best.

First, don't read the jacket copy before starting the book. It will unfold in more delightful ways if you don't.

Second, be prepared for a story that will interest and amuse you at several different levels (as homage to mystery writing, as humor, as delicately plotted misdirection, and as a fascinating character development).

Third, don't rush. Detect as you go. There's lots to chew on and consider.

Fourth, if you know Ann Arbor, soak up the local color. Go Blue!

What is the book like? I can't give you an appropriate comparison. It's unique while displaying many wonderful characteristics of a lot of different fine detective fiction writers in their most excellent books.


Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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