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Friday, September 13, 2013

Review of An inch of time

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of An inch of time:

Chris is a painter who moonlights as a private detective. Or vice-versa. He lives with Annis, another painter  who shares her affections between Chris and Tim, Chris's partner in their little investigation firm.  Tim is a former safe-cracker, now supposedly reformed, who has become an IT specialist.  Tim plays but a small role in this particular novel, which sometimes feels more like a travelogue than a mystery. 

The owner of a huge grocery chain has enlisted Chris to find a missing employee, one who might have taken off for Greece, and since he mistakenly thinks Chris speaks Greek -- Chris is not about to disabuse him of the idea since the idea of paid work where it's warm and sunny is most appealing --there were few P.I.s to choose from.  Chris is afraid to fly so he has a friend loan him an old, well-used camper van to get down to Greece. (Good thing the assignment wasn't in Mexico.) 

Chris soon discovers he's being followed by a variety of people, that accidents seem to follow him, and the woman he is looking for, seems to be unfindable (although I must say he doesn’t seem to put much effort into the search.) 

It's an odd little mystery that occasionally has the same appeal of Paul Theroux. I found it easy to put down, do something else, then pick it up again.  It's not that I never wanted to finish it, there just didn't seem to be much compelling me to do so.  Nevertheless, I did so.

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