James Patterson is, probably, the most prolific writer in these times. Partly it is because he teams up with other authors to produce a wide variety of stories. There is one flaw in the ointment, however. The stories he puts together are hit-and-miss.
Fortunately, in “The Inn,” we have a fun, intriguing tale set in New England. The main character, for me, was easy to identify with and to empathize with: To refrain from spoilers, I’ll just say that he got into trouble while on the police force and, not long after he lost his job, he also lost his wife. The point is, he’s striving to provide advice and/or assistance to younger folks that he hopes can avoid his types of errors. Of course, I’m a sucker for heroes seeking redemption.
BLUSH FACTOR: Aside from a few eff-words, this is the sort of story one would expect in modern literature. As for me, I have no qualms with a few spicy expletives, but I know some readers will want to know.
WRITING & EDITING: The dialogue and inner thoughts expressed to us feel authentic and flow in a natural way. Mind you, this is NOT award-winning writing and not a classic. It is, though, an interesting fun read that, if you do as did I, makes for a terrific Audible narration for listening while commuting. The editing is thoroughly professional.
I have chosen to not include an excerpt, since the reader can get a satisfactory feel for the writing by sampling the first ten percent.
As I stated up front, James Patterson crime stories can be hit-or-miss. With “The Inn,” we get an authentic hit that feels much as if it was taken from today’s headlines.
Four stars out of five.
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