Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Review of Cadaver Blues by J.E. Fishman (Stonegate Ink, 2012)
Cadaver Blues is a competently written, mildly amusing crime novel. The narrative is all show an no tell, with the story told through short, snappy scenes. The characterisation is well realised, with Phouc Goldberg being particularly engaging as a hardnosed cynic - written as a kind of love to hate figure but with a decent, kindness very well buried under his abrasive exterior, and he’s accompanied by some nicely penned supporting actors. The story is well plotted and unfolds at a brisk pace. My only reservation is it all felt a bit formulaic, with the story lacking real spark and a captivating hook that raised it up out of the pack, and I never really believed the premise underpinning why the house was being foreclosed or who was behind the mystery. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read and the Phouc holds much promise as the lead character in a new series.