Jim Bean

Created by J.D. Allen

Not since Sam Spade introduced himself in the Hammett short story "They Can Only Hang You Once" by declaring "My name is Ronald Ames" has a private eye series spun my brain around so quickly as the opening of 19 Souls (2018), which kicks off with what seems like a pretty standard babe-client-meets-gumshoe scenario -- until you realize both the client and the Las Vegas P.I. JIM BEAN are lying.

Unfortunately, after that the plot soon devolves into a pretty standard serial killer yarn, with Jim belatedly realizing he's been duped, but plugging methodically on, with much of the story following the killer whose often contradictory quirks and obsessions aren't nearly as fascinating as the author seems to think.

Too bad. Jim seems like an affable kinda guy.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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