I wanted to like this story more than I did. Taking place in Seattle, it follows the misadventures of Thomas Black an ex-Seattle cop now a private investigator who is asked to protect an ex-con, Billy Battle. The story unwinds from there as a flashback from Black's hospital bed where he is unconscious and supposedly in a coma. The plot is complex enough but most of the characters, though weird, are cardboard and not really believable.The ending is also somewhat unbelievable but does tie up all the loose ends. I have another Emerson book in my inventory and I'll give it a try. Maybe this one was an anomaly.Perri
Earl Emerson...why did I waste so much time on this book!!!? I kept hoping it would make sense. I really like your characters, the setting and in your other novels I even knew what the (blank) you were writing about! Oh, Earl....don't count on me to read the sequel!!! Sincerely, PerriaPriL purrs 'n hisses
( O _ O ). Yes, I guessed who it was, but never mind. Kathy, you are a fool. Poor Thomas. Definitely the bleakest one so far, also the most exciting and awful.Denise
Good to re-read this since we just were in Seattle again. Good characterization, good writing, good local color. Plot twists in this one ranged from obvious to a bit obscure. I see the author has written a few more in this series lately.Dale Rosso
Great entry in the Thomas Black series.LJ
THE PORTLAND LAUGHER - ExEmerson, Earl - 7th in Thomas Black seriesPlaying guardian angel to a psycho ex-con and alleged murderer is no laughing matter for Seattle P.I. Thomas Black. It gets him battered, hospitalized, and stalked by a laughing madman playing a deadly game.This is my favorite of all Emerson's books.