Monday, February 21, 2011
Dead Waters - Simon Canderous #4 - Anton Strout
Now is not the time though since he and his girlfriend Jane are called out to the scene of a murder. The murder of a university professor found locked inside his apartment, drowned...without a bit of water on his person. Probably because it's all in his lungs. To make matters more strange the deceased was the Inspector of the DEA, Argyle Quimbley's first partner.
To make matters infinitely more worse the DEA is down to a skeleton crew and cannot even afford shoe-strings for its budget. Everyone is living in fear of losing their jobs and working 20 hours out of the day. With Simon carrying around all of these negative emotions and them starting to affect his powers, how is he going to solve this case? And, how is he going to keep Jane with these emotions egging him to start fights with Jane at the drop of a hat?
Anton Strout has a gift for dialogue, and Dead Waters proves this. The kind where his novels can be read aloud, verbatim, and you would still get the back and forth, push and pull from the characters, even if it isn't read from an actor. It's a rare talent from a writer to have this type of storytelling abilities and be able to write amazing dialogue like this. Makes it fun to read all around.
Okay, what didn't exactly thrill me, and this was completely as a guy, was his reaction to his girlfriend wanting more out of their relationship. I realise that Simon was carrying around something else inside of him, but a lot of it was coming from Simon himself. Just from a guy's perspective, I don't need more of the media (TV, movies, books) saying how as soon as guys are confronted with more of a relationship then they're ready for they try and bolt. That's my piece, and in all honesty...it's just nit picky.
Dead Waters - Simon Canderous #4 receives 3.5 stars out of 4
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