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June 12, 2008

The Delivery Man

Deliveryman.jpgAnother book recently finished its pass through my hands. This time it was the look at the seedy Las Vegas underworld in Joe McGinniss's "The Delivery Man."

The book looks at Chase, a down on his luck painter trying to decide what to do with his life as he lives in Las Vegas. He has a beautiful girlfriend getting her MBA at Stanford who want him to come live with her. It seems like his life is should be great.

Except for Michelle, a childhood friend who is part of a "massage" service that provides extra benefits. Chase and Michelle have a past, one not too great as you come to learn. Plus Michelle has a definite hold on Chase, one he tries to shake numerous times.

While I enjoyed the first half of the novel, I quickly lost the spark which was pulling me into the novel. Perhaps it was the overabundance of underage girls working for Michelle and her sometimes-partner Bailey, selling themselves in much the same fashion as Michelle, sometimes worse. Perhaps it was the feeling that there were parts of the story missing that seemed crucial later on, something that might have hit the floor during an editor's run.

Perhaps it is that from stories I have heard of kids growing up in Vegas, parts of this are much too close to reality to make the suspension of disbelief in a novel possible.

Whatever it was, the book rolls to a slow conclusion, leaving you with a bitter taste in your mouth for various reasons. And that is reason enough not to give this book a strong recommendation.

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Posted by bmiraski at June 12, 2008 2:10 PM