Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Review of The Music Lovers by Jonathan Valin (1993, Dell)
The Music Lovers is a private investigator tale in the classic American tradition. Harry Stoner is hired to recover some valuable records by an odd couple – a rather weedy, unattractive college lecturer and his bombshell wife, a former band singer. What seems like it might be a routine case quickly becomes something much more murky and dangerous. Using his wiles and tough guy act, Stoner has to solve the puzzle and do battle with a bad guy. It all feels a bit ‘colour by numbers’ but Valin plays the trope well providing a breezy and entertaining narrative and populating the tale with a mix of engaging characters. The result is tale that is enjoyable but lacking substance and edge.