Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blackbird, Farewell by Robert Greer

Blackbird, Farewell by Robert Greer is a mystery. a star athlete is murdered just before his first season on a NBA team. It's up to his best friend to track down his murderer. He is assisted by a former military intelligence officer, his model girlfriend and various underworld types. This is the eighth book in the series. My understanding is that most of the other books deal with a character that is offstage for most of the narrative.

Greer manages to thoroughly over write the book. Every single character has some complex back story and their own eccentricities. All of them larger than life. Many are stereotypical. I didn't feel particularly sympathetic about any of the characters including the supposed heroes or victim. There are frequent shifts of point of view that don't seem to provide anything to the narrative. We are also told a lot of things instead of being shown them. I don't think I'll be picking up other books in the series.

Not recommended!

This book was provided through Librarything's early review program.

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