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I've been a house painter, dishwasher, broiler cook, private detective, military intelligence analyst, and I spent nearly 40 years as a reporter covering crime, 26 of them for the San Francisco Chronicle. These days I write science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime fiction, and I blog about books, films and crimes that don't receive sufficient attention from the mainstream media. I would like to be Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett or George V. Higgins, but all of them are dead so I'll just stick with what I am already doing. . .

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gone . . . But Unforgettable!


By Gillian Flynn
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Crown; First Edition June 5, 2012
ISBN-10: 030758836X
ISBN-13: 978-0307588364
Read from October 12 to 15, 2012


Nick Dunne has a problem:  his wife, Amy, apparently the victim of foul play, has disappeared on their fifth anniversary.  Making things worse, it looks like she’s been murdered and Nick has no alibi.


This is the set up to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, as slick a little thriller as you are likely to run across.  Is Amy dead? Did Nick kill her? All the clues seem to point that way, but still. . . By the last of its 419 pages, Nick and the reader have gone through more changes than a runway model in a Paris fashion show.

I finished “Gone Girl” at 4:30 a.m. on October 15 after a rare all-night reading session. That gives you some idea of how much I liked it. The book is very well plotted, has good character development and as as many twists as a backroad in Missouri, the place where the action takes place.

As a bonus, it has an ending that, while not completely unexpected, still manages to give you a mild surprise.

If you are the type of reader who wants to see justice done in a whodunit, Gone Girl is probably not your cup of tea. If you, like me, don't mind seeing bad people get away with bad things, check it out. I rate it four out of five nooses:


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