The Vatican Rip

by Jonathan Gash | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1472102894 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 7/6/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 06, 2016
I found this good-condition UK-edition paperback on the Tyngsboro MA post office book-swap shelf. It's among the novels that inspired the TV series.

Later: I... wasn't thrilled with this one. I think Lovejoy is a bit *too* roguish - in the utterly-irresponsible sense - for my taste, and I found his relentless ability to piss people off rather upsetting. Oh, some of it was fun - he mangled a cheating dealer's attempts to foist off fakes, but he only did it because the auctioneer had been rude to his scruffy "finder", not for the sake of justice. When he found himself under severe threats by a big, tough-looking guy and some goons, I couldn't feel very sympathetic, and as the plot wound its way towards an attempted robbery of the Vatican itself, I... got a bit bored. I skimmed through to the end to see what happened, and was rewarded with a spectacularly grisly end to the Big Bad and to the character whom for some reason Lovejoy had trusted all along, while the reader must have known from page 1 was going to betray him.

So... not my cup of tea, though it's hard to put a finger on why. Some combination of writing style, tone, and the main character himself just didn't cut it for me. But hopefully someone else will enjoy it!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the TV series, with some references to the books.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Public Library, 588 Main St. in Dunstable, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (4/4/2017 UTC) at Public Library, 588 Main St. in Dunstable, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I donated this book to the "free books" shelf in the library-book-sale room of the Dunstable library at around 3. Hope the finder enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

*** Released for the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

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