Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 120-125,000 words
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The author of six mystery and suspense novels, a combination of traditionally and indie published, William Brown has also written four award-winning screenplays. Brown lives in Chicago when he’s not traveling the world with his wife. For more, visit his blog.
Pete Talbott was a California native and harried Boston computer wonk still grieving over the death of his wife Terri, when he found himself at the wrong end of Gino Parini's .45 reading his own obituary torn from that morning's newspaper.
It isn’t often I’ll give a four star review to a book with this many copyediting misses. If your internal editor is relentless and unforgiving, you’ll spot a problem every few pages. The errors, although covering the full gambit of homonym errors, typos, and misspellings, are mostly not those, but minor issues. Things like missing little words that many people will blow past without noticing (although I did wonder what was going on when I read about “homeless guys laying a bench”) or an occasional extra or out of order word (“When they finally put the out flames …”).
If you ignore the frequent little issues, you’ll be left with a good book. There are some great characters in the protagonist, Pete, and his eventual love interest, who are likeable, sympathetic, and very funny. I thought I’d figured out the plot early on, but still wanted to see where it went. I discovered that what I thought was obvious, was, but it was only the tip of the iceberg. If you’re a fan of thrillers, The Undertaker would be a good choice for your next read.
Adult language and some mild adult situations.
A large number of proofing and copyediting errors.
Rating: **** Four stars