What Goes Around Comes Around: A Mystery Novel (Bookray)
14 journalers for this copy...
Please note the name of this book. Isn't that a great name for a BookCrossing bookray book? I think so!
George Pelecanos praised this book (on the front cover) by saying "Top-shelf fiction, a Crown Royal ride into the heart of night and New York. Con Lehane's work is reminiscent of the best of Lawrence Block, which is to say that this is very good stuff, indeed."
A few lines from the opening of this book:
"I'd been back behind the bar of the Midtown Sheraton for about two weeks, after a six-month hiatus because my foot-dragging bartenders' union took that long to get my job back after the corporation fired me. The company and union both hoping, no doubt, I'd starve to death in the interval.
I was settling into, I thought, one of those quiet periods in life..."
Please note: This hardback book is initialed by the author on the title page.
Begin International Bookray - 4/22/07:
SqueakyChu (Maryland, USA) done
crrcookie (Maryland, USA) done
liz-z (Ohio, USA) done
bsliv1219 (Ohio, USA) done
HeresDeb (Illinois, USA) done -- 1 year of travel
princess-peapod (California, USA) done
NMReader (New Mexico, USA) done
kiptrix (South Carolina, USA) done
melydia (Virginia, USA--US) done
spaceystacey (New Jersey, USA) done -- Stop #10
kobie03 (Canada) done
hippolein (Finland) done
nikel27 (Germany) done
iliotropio (Belgium) done -- 2 years of travel
End International Bookray - 9/02/10:
The bookray was ended because no word was heard about it for a year after it was mailed out of Belgium to the UK. Thanks, everyone, who participated. This book traveled to 5 countries, including 8 states within the USA over a period of two years.
I love the dry humor:
"His movements were still quick and jittery...so that he probably burned up a day's worth of calories just standing in the doorway, casing the joint."
"So there I was: out of the cab, hoisted onto my crutches, tottering on the sidewalk like Dufus Dumbfuck."
I *really* identify with the protagonist in such a way that moving through the book with him is a pleasure. The bartender, Brian McNulty, shares these things with me:
** a product of the sixties with a very liberal bend
** unhappy with corporate powers-that-be
** has no need to work his way up the corporate structure
** cynically watches the posturing of others as they move up and down (and even out of) the corporate structure
** doesn't particularly like to be dressed in a suit (although I've never worn a man's suit [being a woman], I much prefer casual wear to evening dress)
** has a talent for doing nothing (I *love* to simply do nothing!)
** enjoys the gentle manners and smiles of illegal Hispanic workers (I ended up marrying one! Almost 28 years and 3 children later, we're still happily married.)
Back to the book. More later...
Edit 11/17/07: I've stopped reading this book for a while until I get some other bookrays/rings finished. I simply can't read six books at the same time. :-( Thank you for your understanding.
Edit 01/01/08: I started to reread this book again and hope to have it to the next in line of this bookray before the end of this month. Thanks for your patience!
Edit 01/08/08: Almost done! The bookray will finally be ready to travel...
Edit 1/12/08: I got to near the end of the book and found I couldn't stop reading it. After I finished the last page, it was suddenly 1:30 in the morning. I really, really liked this book.
Here's my more detailed review:
This is the first book I’ve read by Con Lehane even though it’s the second one in the Brian McNulty series. In this story, I find a naïve and trusting bartender who keeps up with his friends over the years. Sadly, his friends’ lives are not very straight, and bartender Brian gets involved in an intrigue about which he has no knowledge. There are some murders and unanswered questions. The reader is pulled along with this quasi-hero to try to figure out what is happening. Brian is quite a likable fellow. He takes everything in stride with countless dry quips about his and his friends’ situations. His sense of humor is enchanting.
The story flows along well until Brian’s one specific encounter with a woman named Sandra. I don’t like that interlude and feel it adds nothing to the story. However, the fun of reading this book and discovering what is happening to Brian’s friends makes for an overall enjoyable read. As the ending of the book nears, the story becomes more gripping and simply doesn’t let up until all of the unexplained pieces of McNulty’s puzzle fall into place. This is a very good book. I would definitely like to read other books about bartender Brian, preferably starting with the first of Lehane’s series.
Thank you, Mr. Lehane, for sharing this book personally with your friends at Bookcrossing.
Now I can't wait to share this book with others. In the meantime, I'll be looking for the other two books by Mr. Lehane.
PM'ed creativeMGE and am waiting for a response.
I got the book in the mail last Friday but since I knew what was in the package I didn't even open it til Saturday. When I opened it I realized that my internet connection was on the fritz and I couldn't journal right away so I took it upstairs to read and drat it if I didn't totally forget about journaling it.
I am about halfway through the book and it isn't quite my "style". I don't typically read mystery novels of this sort. I am going to give it a full go and see how it ends up. I'll journal again as soon as I finish the book.
I liked the tone of the writing. I was able to easily follow the story and although at times I was left wondering it was because the author intended it that way and not because I just couldn't figure out what they were talking about.
The things that didn't suit me with this book was the scene. I am not into the bar scene and I'm not familiar with New York and I almost thought that was a hinderance to my reading at times. I also didn't understand the significance of the unions as they related to the story. I am sure that if I brushed up with some history of unions and the area then it would have made more sense to me.
I tend to read other types of books as my general reading and I don't think that I will seek out another book of this type or by this author because of reading this book but I won't avoid one if it happens to come my way.
I already have the next person's address and will be sending the book on to her shortly.
I'm not usually a big fan of mysteries, but I liked the idea of promoting a local author. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I appreciated the writing style of the author. And once I was into it (about 1/3 of the way), it became a real page-turner. Once the main characters were introduced, I found it easy to follow along -- a plus for someone who doesn't read many mysteries. The author also did a good job of putting you in the setting.
I've PMed the next person and will be ready to mail tomorrow if I hear back in time.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed off to princess-peapod, next in bookring.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Wanna know why Book Crossing is great?
Because you are reusing! You know recycling!
Part of a bookring,I couldn't get into this so after trying a couple times I am passing this along to the next person on the list!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I was looking forward to reading but my work schedule has been crazy and I deicded to forward on to the next person.
delivery Confirmation #: 0308 0070 0000 7605 6022
I'll be sending this to melydia as soon as I can get to the post office.
Hopefully the next person will enjoy it more than I.
Brian McNulty is the main character, who is working in as a union bartender in NYC. Previously, he was working in the Atlantic City area when things were happening that he did not know about then. The past comes back to haunt him and he is left to figure out what actually happened in the past and how that affects him. I enjoyed this read.
09/15/2008 Just started reading this one. Good so far.
09/19/2008 Finished reading and posted off to the next reader on the list.
I have hippo;ein's address and will get it off to the post.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
mailed to hippolein.
thanks for sharing, will go on my pile of ring and ray-books.
The book keeps you wondering what is going to happen, although I'm sure it could have been shorter if they would have left unimportant parts away.
Waiting now for the answer of the next person on the ray.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
The book left today by mail to the next person in the BookRay.
Hope it travels fast and safely!
Good read, thanks for sharing with me.
(asked for the next members address)