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It's been a very long time since I discovered a crime novelist as fine as Brad Smith. He is a master storyteller, witty, chilling, and witheringly good. I absolutely love his books. Virgil Cain is a character for the ages (Douglas Preston, NYT bestselling author)
The first book in this blisteringly sharp noir series, featuring roguish loner Virgil Cain
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I really enjoyed this nook. Virgil Cain is an interesting and different character - quite a change from the usual types. Fussy readers will enjoy. I will make sure I follow Virgil in subsequent books. Recommended.
I read a lot of reduced price books looking to discover new writers. Sometimes you luck out and find one you really like. Such is the case with Brad Smith.
I found the book to be well paced, well edited, clean and generally feasible. I liked Virgil Caine and was very pleased by the fact that he was not an ex navy seal/delta force/black ops super hero. Tough guy but human. Most of the other characters were enjoyable as well. An oddball assortment to be sure and a bit over the top (Runyanesque) but part of the fun. I docked a star for one of the characters though, a detective who had to be a copy of Frank Burns from the old TV series Mash. He was simply to stupid to live. In real life a man like that would inevitably kill himself brushing his teeth in the morning.
I'm surprised Brad Smith's books haven't received more reviews. He is a good writer of enjoyable crime novels and considering some of the super hero trash that passes for crime thrillers in the self published world, a cut above. I have purchased the second Virgil Caine book and look forward to reading it.
5.0 out of 5 starsBest story teller since Mark Twain
Reviewed in the United States on 31 March 2020
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I became aware of Brad Smith about ten years ago and bought all his books since then. I found his characters the most authentic human beings with humor, pain, and social conscience without being literary caricatures. Add to this his high octane stories, told in a lowkey, humorous but still exciting manner, that seem utterly believable even when they are highly improbable. He is not a well known author in the US but he definitely should be.
I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The characters were developed and the protagonists were characters that you hoped would succeed. I enjoyed the book well enough to read the second book in the series "Crow's Landing".
I must admit I only bought this book because it was cheap. My expectations were low. However, it was well plotted, well paced and the characters were believable and nicely drawn. The ending was beautifully wrapped up and I made a note to buy everything else by the author.
I wholly recommend Brad Smith's Virgil Cain series.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Virgil was the likeable underdog getting the raw end of the deal. I was guessing who really done it until the end. I loved the setting of the farm and horses.