Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Plugged, by Eoin Colfer

I've done a mini Colfer institute with myself this last few days.  I've read both a YA and adult book by Colfer.  This is the book for the adult market.

I'm liking the character and voice in this one a lot.  The main character and narrative voice is Daniel McEvoy who is a former serviceman with the NATO peacekeeping forces in the Middle East.  He is also originally from Ireland but now lives in New Jersey.  He ends up sort of falling into detective work because his girlfriend at the seedy nightclub/casino where he is working as a bouncer is killed.  Of course, being New Jersey--the mob is involved!

Daniel is haunted by voices--those of people who are dead, but also some who may or may not be alive.  He is also plagued by masculine insecurities.  I'm really drawn to this character/voice.  In some ways it reminds me of Janet Evonovich's early works.  There is also the gritty sort of atmosphere/settings that make detective work a bit more realistic than some of the more affluent detectives/clients.

I'll be reading more of this series!

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