The Woman Who Married a Bear: A Cecil Younger Investigation, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Cecil Younger, local Alaskan investigator, is neither good at his job nor great at staying sober. When an old Tlingit woman, unimpressed by the police's investigation, hires him to discover why her son, a big-game guide, was murdered, he takes the case without much conviction that he'll discover anything new.
But after a failed assassination attempt and the discovery of previously missed evidence, Younger finds himself traveling across Alaska to discover the truth in the midst of conspiracies, politics, and Tlingit mythology. High drama meets local color as Cecil Younger works to uncover the motive and identity of the killer.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 1 minute|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #147,453 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#187 in Native American Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#745 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,809 in Native American Literature (Books)
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But this novel has a lot of good points that drew me into the story.
It' has an excellent mystery storyline, which kept me guessing.
John Straley uses the sights, sounds and smells of Alaska to paint a vivid picture of the place.
He finds the right balance to write about indigenous people with sensibility, humour and pathos.
The ping and pong of many of his dialogue scenes soar -- offering a sneak preview of an author bound for better things.
Now for some negative comments:
I found the ending a bit lame, a bit like cheap and nasty television shows of the 1980s.
It didn't answer all my questions either.
You could say the first 15 per cent of the book and the last 15 per cent lost this book a star. But the middle 70 per cent was well worth the price of admission.
There’s lots of local color. This is Alaska with wild landscapes and thrilling sightings of humpback wales and eagles, and towns full of howling sled dogs and roaring snow mobiles. Ravens seem to hang around Cecil a lot, when he’s not in a bar.
Cecil has a kind heart, but his alcoholism was a turn-off for me. I got tired of his drunken escapades and frequent black-outs. I found his poetic descriptions of seedy bars tedious. When he declares, “There is something ardent and romantic about getting drunk,” I could not agree.
The case had the potential to be interesting, but I will not be following this series. Yet I can see how some readers might like the poetic writing. And hard-drinking PI’s are a staple of crime fiction, so having a falling-down drunk for an investigator might not trouble most readers.