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Book Title: Everybody's Somebody's Fool|
The author of the book: Ed Gorman
Edition: Worldwide Library
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 494 KB
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Date of issue: June 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780373264940
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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I'm of the opinion that when you find an Ed Gorman novel in a secondhand bookshop you buy it without hesitation. It doesn't matter what title it is, if you haven't read it yet then it's a momentous day. I had such a day recently. This particular Ed Gorman is number five in a series of softboiled mysteries featuring lawyer and private investigator Sam McCain and luckily for me this is not a series that you need to read in publication order.
Sam McCain lives in Black River Falls circa 1961, some of you may have heard of the town via Michael Lesey's Wisconsin Death Trip only Ed has moved his version of this seemingly harsh and tragic place from Wisconsin to Iowa. The chief of police is a moron (naturally) and the judge that McCain does a lot of his work for is respectable old money, the people of Black River Falls are either from the wrong side of the tracks or largely arrogant pricks (a few exceptions allowed) and Sam himself likes to think that he has a heart of gold, he is at least a sensitive new age guy.
I call this series softboiled as Gorman has developed McCain from a hardboiled archetype, complete with arrogance and wisecracks only the essence of your Marlowe and Spade has been softened by being surrounded with largely cheerful small city folk and suspects who are more than a little naive in the ways of crime and without the ability to deceive, inveigle and obfuscate. He has a moron for a secretary/comic relief, a friend who writes pulp pornography who happens to have the answer whenever McCain doesn't have a clue and despite the appearance of three dead bodies the details are largely glossed over. In some ways this could be seen as a cozy mystery I guess but then there are passages that have no place in the cozy format, musings on the nature of man and all that other existential stuff so prevalent in the very best of the genre.
“There's a special quality to the loneliness of dusk, a melancholy more brooding even than the night's.”
The writing is, as always, fast paced and intelligent, he weaves a good story with interesting characters, I assume the lifestyle of the period is accurate although that could just be a pop culture smokescreen, McCain has a believable and somewhat unique backstory (not that he was an orphan who trained with the Navy Seals and the Catholic church to become a stealth assassin or anything that unique) and his relationships with the townsfolk he has grown up with give the piece a real sense of reality.
The instigating even of finding a dead teenager in the garden of a respectable member of the town community whilst he throws a large party may be more than a little traditional but the events put in motion by it are less than predictable and Gorman writes a curveball in to proceedings that is disguised so well that you never see it coming.
Now where's that next Ed Gorman coming from?
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Read information about the authorEdward Joseph Gorman was born on November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, particularly crime, mystery, western, and horror. Most of his novels are set in Iowa. His pseudonyms include E.J. Gorman, Daniel Ransom, Edward Gorman Jr., Robert David Chase, and Richard Driscoll.
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