Created by Michael Compton
There has been an ever-increasing flood of self-published P.I.s over the last few decades, thanks to the POD boom in the late nineties and the subsequent ebook explosion. Granted, despite a handful of successes, the one entity that has consistently prospered from it all is Amazon, who've enabled countless hordes of wannabe-Chandlers to swing for the fences, regardless of race, creed or talent.
Sadly, far too many of these new authors lack the writing chops or even a clear understanding of how publishing works to make much of a dent in the public consciousness, and so they rely on their pals to stuff their Amazon pages with reviews, almost always of the five-star variety.
The result being that often the reviews are more entertaining than the books themselves.
Which may -- or may not -- be the case with Michael Compton's Gumshoe (2015). I haven't read it, although it seems a good-natured romp, a little cleverer than most, not intended to be taken too seriously. But the reviews (all five stars, of course) are awesome:
But my favourite might be one which compares Compton to well-known classic hard-boiled author Raymond Carver.
Yeah. Raymond Carver.
I wonder how the author, a screenwriter who teaches English and Screenwriting at The University of Memphis, feels about all this.
Certainly, the novel starts well, with Chesterfield-smoking 1940s Hollywood dick ELLIS P. YORK strapped to the electric chair, about to be executed for a murder, the details of which are as yet-to-be-determined. Which of course is the perfect time to start rolling the flashback machine.
Hell, the next chapter actually begins with:
Like, what else?
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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