Published by: Amy Einhorn
Published on: July 2009
Page Count: 352
My Reading Format: Hardcover purchased at Powell’s
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
Synopsis from Publisher
The man who calls himself David Loogan is hoping to escape a violent past by living a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But when he’s hired as an editor at a mystery magazine, he is drawn into an affair with the sleek blond wife of the publisher, Tom Kristoll-a man who soon turns up dead.
Elizabeth Waishkey is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department, but even she doesn’t know if Loogan is a killer or an ally who might help her find the truth. As more deaths start mounting up-some of them echoing stories published in the magazine-it’s up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.
Bad Things Happen is another book I read this summer. Taking notes while I’m reading is not my strong suit, but for this book I don’t think they’re needed. I loved this book. I raved about it while I was reading it and for some time thereafter. What initially peaked my interest in this book was its setting and its publisher.
The novel takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Although I’ve only been there maybe a handful of times, Michigan is Michigan. I am smitten with the mitten, y’all. Amy Einhorn published this novel. If you’ve been reading blogs and following the bookish on Twitter over the past year, you’ve surely heard about her imprint. Beth Fish Reads is even running a perpetual challenge. The combination of Michigan and Amy Einhorn was irresistible to me. When I had credit at Powells, this book became one of the first to enter my cart.
What made this book outstanding was the writing, the characters and the mystery itself. Dolan’s writing had the perfect touch of sarcasm and wit. I could effortlessly read well into the night without feeling it. His characters were nuanced and quirky. I loved them all – the good and the bad. I left this book feeling satisfied in the way the mystery unfolded. I never once felt jerked around or cheated the way I sometimes can when reading mystery/thrillers.
Please forgive my tardiness in writing publishing my review of Bad Things Happen. The good news is that this novel would be perfect for fall (or winter, or spring). Read it. You’ll see. In this case my more superficial attraction to this novel really paid off. Had it been set in Timbuktu and published by any other imprint, I would have loved it just as much (well, maybe except that Timbuktu part – sorry. I did openly admit to being smitten with my mitten). I have a feeling you’ll be eagerly anticipating Harry Dolan’s next book as much as I am.
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