Mania by Craig Larsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads Program.
Read in the context of this being Larsen's first published work, this is pretty good book. It's a little disjointed, perhaps a little over populated with characters (mostly noticible when they conveniently disappear, as in the case of the girlfriend who's forgotten for the sake of a whirlwind trip out of town by the protagonist), and it definitely takes too long to get to anything that resembles a clue, both for the reader and the accused. However, the motive for the crime is wonderfully contemporary, the Seattle setting made my desire to see that damp but lovely piece of the US all the stronger, and Nick, the under achieving younger brother is well written with a surprising amount of depth for someone with seems intent on floating through life.
I look forward to seeing what Larson can do in the future, perhaps with a slightly tighter mystery.
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