The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes

The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes

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"Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who's looking to get rid of her husband. But when he sees the wife, when he looks into her deep blue eyes ... He falls-- and falls hard. Soon he's working with her, against his employer, plotting a devious plan that could get her free from her husband and put millions in her bank account. But can they do it without landing in jail? And once he's kindled his taste for killing ... will he be able to stop at one?"--
Publisher: London [England] :, Titan Books, a division of Titan Publishing Group Ltd. ;, [New York, New York] :, in collaboration with Winterfall LLC,, 2015.
Edition: First Hard Case Crime edition.
ISBN: 9781783297504
Branch Call Number: M BLOC
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 23 cm.


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May 12, 2019

If you want a good example of writing, look on page 124-5. It reads, “Maybe I should have been an actress. So he married me . . . and I think what ruined it all for me was the acting. I was never in love with him, but I think maybe I could have come to love him if I hadn’t sabotaged it. But when you play someone that way you wind up having contempt for him, because he’d have to be a moron to buy your act. And because the number your doing on him is only justified if you tell yourself he’s an asshole and he deserves it.” Good right? It’s worth reflection and offers potential relevance to real life. It’s so good you can excuse errors in the writing and failures of editing such as using the word his, when it should have been this (I guess that was the mystery element of the story). You can possibly excuse even bigger errors such as when the author claims that the protagonist doesn’t need to go home to get his clipboard (p165), implying that he doesn’t need any props, when in fact he already had the clipboard with him (p162). But what I couldn’t excuse is that the story is unbelievable. There’s a lot of crazy in this story, too much for things to hang together and too much for a ‘happily-ever-after’ ending. Although there is the one gem of brilliant writing, the story as a whole is disappointing.

Sep 28, 2017

Block writes another well told story of people who get in over their heads and then make things worse for themselves. Rv

Aug 21, 2016

A new novel apparently, but reminiscent of Block's early crime novels. Not one of his best efforts, but he still manages to be dark and dirty, glib and hilarious, the way only Block can be. For those who have read everything else the master has written -- and still want more.

Aug 03, 2016

Block is always good for a good story. Love the guy, good fun novels, that I wish I could write.


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