A mystery set in the Hamptons featuring a transgendered detective.
1st Carroll & Graf Ed
Carroll & Graf
Carroll & Graf
Carroll & Graf
Carroll & Graf
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The beginning, middle and end of this book have very little to do with each other. Taken by itself, the beginning is actually quite well written, with a woman facing the transition of her partner with the same tsunami of emotion I have seen others undergo. Early on, I thought this would be a great read. Then, just about the time I got finished with the part you get with a free preview, I got the uncomfortable feeling that someone at the publishing house had mixed the pages of two books. It wasn't just that the story continued of with the character's life in the way that Baldwin gives us strong queer characters who just happen to be queer and brings us great stories that would shine even if they were written as cisgender straight folks. It feels more like one strong story stops, and another lesser one intrudes. Sorry, I want the middle and ending of the original story.
In the fifties and sixties, Vin Packer was the queen of paperback originals, writing a score of riveting suspense novels in a style that compared favorably to John O'Hara. Now, a full half-century after making her fictional debut, Packer (otherwise known as Marijane Meaker and young-adult author M. E. Kerr) is back with her first hardcover novel. It is "Vin"-tage Packer!
The crime elements of the story will keep mystery fans turning the pages (the "MacGuffin" here is a ring that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor), but what really sets this novel apart are the vivid portraits of a dozen or more fully-realized characters, led by a transgendered investigator, Scott (aka Scotti) House. Packer has always had a fascination with the way the worlds of the "haves" and the "have-nots" compare, differ, intermesh, and collide. Here she takes us deep inside the heads of these men and women (as well as a man becoming a woman) in a novel as well-characterized and memorable as...
First Sentence: "Look here, Jessica, I've made a decision. I'm going ahead with the change."
Private Investigator Scott House is in the process of becoming Scotti House and while finally realizing his true self as a female, it has certainly changed his relationship with his wife and daughter. Len Lasher is a wealthy businessman through to be suffering from MS but actually dying of ALS; a secret well kept by the family and his caretaker
I'm not certain what to make of this. I liked the Scott/Scotti who is trying to literally change his life but maintain his two most important relationships. I liked Delroy, the caretaker, and his loyalty to Lasher in spite of Lasher's wife. But the plot is something of a mess that loses its direction and focus in its seeming desire for eclectic characters. The depiction of the Hamptons is stereotypical. By the time I arrived at the actual mystery, it seemed almost uninteresting. I found this book very disappointing and...
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