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A Review Of The Man With Two Last Names By W F Waldrip

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  • ASIN: B07M6V3SN6
  • Publisher: Pharaoh LLC; 1st edition (3 Jan. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 311 pages
  • Genre: Crime Noir

 

SUMMARY:

It seemed like an easy enough job, which is why former cop and marginal private detective, Lyman Henry, agreed to take it: find the person who killed the son of respected Phoenix businessman, Williams Smoot, the man with two last names.There was only one trifling problem. The confessed murderer was already in jail.

The BookViral Review:

With Style, wit and intelligence The Man With Two Last Names  makes for an appealingly polished nourish treat with Waldrip poised to make his mark on what remains an ever-popular genre.

For readers who appreciate meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés it certainly won’t disappoint with its taut, smart and satisfying plot. And where too many genre releases fail on account of flat unengaging narratives or stereotype anchors Waldrip has pitched it just right with plenty of forward momentum.

The plot is driven by Waldrip’s flair for dialogue and vibrant well-observed characters.  Lyman Henry makes for an intriguing protagonist who is energetic and makes that all-important human connection whilst a strong supporting cast of unconventional characters adds the depth readers expect.

Of course, even the best characters would matter little if the dramatic segments were poorly executed and here Waldrip gives us plenty of tension and suspense that give way to a series of narrative payoffs. He builds up expectations in order to upend them with a clever reversal of fortune for Lyman. Priming us for the moment it arrives without tipping his hand whilst well-nuanced dialogue creates an overarching sense of realism that prevails throughout.

A hugely entertaining read The Man With Two Last Names is highly recommended!

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