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Damage Control Hardcover – February 14, 2007
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- Publisher : Warner Books (February 14, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 406 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446578703
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446578707
- Item Weight : 2.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found this offering by Robert Dugoni to be exceptionally long, containing a briefly good story surrounded by exasperatingly long narratives that clutter the first one-third of the book. On several occasions, I almost abandoned the reading. But I persevered. I am not sure that was a good decision. The climax and epilogue are marred by first, melodrama and then, at the end, almost pure fantasy. The protagonist’s cancer, we are told, so deadly (and not directly involved in the overall plot), magically disappears. I assume as payment from above for her being such a good and righteous person.
Look at the characters. All the men, save one, are underhanded, selfish villains. Of course, the one who isn’t, the detective, is the love interest. He throws the sister of the victim into the investigation, employing her to help him flush out and destroy the bad guys (all men) while he ineptly rushes to her aid.
The antagonist, a career politician vying for the presidency, is selfish and controlling. A wife beater.
The heroine’s husband, a selfish and self-centered bad man.
The security expert, thoroughly one-dimensional and evil.
The robbers, scoundrels through and through.
And then, the artist who designs earrings and fortune-telling sculptures. He is more like Yoda, speaking in riddles, foretelling the future while understanding the past. And above all, he has the cure for cancer in tea bags but doesn’t seem to want the notoriety that would accompany giving it to the world.
The women, each one, are above reproach, good in every way. But we are to ignore the fact that the politician’s wife is the main impetus for the murder that drives the entire story. However, she was in love, so that infraction seems to warrant it to be overlooked. But I wonder, she lived on the government teat for so many years, had anything she wanted, was lavished with every luxury. But she wouldn’t stand tall and divorce her bad man, abusive, murdering husband, telling the world about his cruelty. Instead, she lurked in the shadows in an illicit love affair. Even in the end, she did not divulge her entanglement with another man to the public, while rightly vilifying her husband. This bothered me.
Dugoni has serious talents. He can put the reader into a scene with extreme clarity. He can weave a complicated tale while not confusing the reader. His dialogue is spot on. But as for this story, I’ve heard it many times before, with different names and places. The tale grows tiring.
He's full of surprises. His plots are complicated, yet easy to follow. Robert Dugoni is a natural. He writes and writes and writes. And .. I've read just about all of them. I want more!!!
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After reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, it explained the author's empathy with Dana and her mother suffering from cancer, so sad.
I would highly recommend this book, it has all the ingredients of a great thriller. Once again, I have just downloaded another of Mr. Dugoni's books and I look forward to reading many more.
sad Acknowledgements which I could relate to.