Monica's Sister by Earl Emerson

Monica's Sister

byEarl Emerson

Kobo ebook | August 8, 2013

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In the thirteenth installment of the award-winning private eye series featuring Seattle sleuth Thomas Black, Black agrees to do a favor for a longtime friend of Kathy's, Angela Bassman, who quickly gets him tangled in a messy relationship between philandering billionaire, Clark Lloyd Self and his famous ex-model wife, Monica Pennington. Bassman wants Black to help her disrupt the already shaky marriage, while Black wants nothing to do with it. Complications ensue when Self's gargantuan Rhodes-scholar bodyguard and his sniggering buddy begin harassing Black and Bassman. When Bassman ends up dead, her sister hires Black to delve into her last weeks, sending Black on a Byzantine odyssey in which he ends up discovering more about each sister's mysterious past than either of them ever wanted him to know.

Title:Monica's SisterFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 8, 2013Publisher:North Fork PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monica's Sister review (Warning: review contains minor spoilers. The original longer review appears at I loved the book. There were a couple of small points that got to me though: 1) I figured out the killer pretty early on, so I thought a swerve was coming that wouldn’t show you it was who I thought it was. But it didn’t come. So I don’t know if a lot of people figured it out, or if was just me, but with no swerve, it felt like I missing something. 2) There were a couple of times when things on pages didn’t mesh. At one point, Black was describing a woman he met, saying she had the kind of face where you couldn’t tell how old she was. Then on the next page, he said the woman was 35 years old. It didn’t go very well. But the action was still good, and the thing about Emerson’s book is the sense of humour. It’s crazy witty, and makes me crack up quite a bit. Even Emerson brings it up, calling it “black” humour (haha… get it?). And I thought at the end that Monica ended up with a Robin Hood complex, which was a nice touch. The book is a great read, and hard to put down. One of things I like a lot about Emerson’s writing is that there aren’t 130 chapters in each book like some authors have. It makes each chapter seem important. I give it five out of five stars.
Date published: 2013-08-20