Friday, November 13, 2020

The City that barks... - Book review


The City That Barks And RoarsThe City That Barks And Roars by J.T. Bird
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A unique way of introducing characters in the book. The author has carcatured all characters by giving them characters of animals. This is different from giving long drawn out characterisations and much simpler to communicate what the author thinks of a particular person when he sees him/her. It takes time to get into the groove while reading since its unusual but picks up in the second half of the book.
This is a mystery involving the police and townspeople. It has not one but a few main characters and though one may find it strange to follow in the beginning, is fun and interesting towards the end. The story is dated 1952.
To get an idea of how the author introduces the characters and weaves an intriguing tale I will give a few excerpts below.

Enter Detective Jake Bear; the furry white giant clambers out of his ride.

Numerous pigs in uniform exit their vehicles, each of them officers...

Detective Hudson arrives - fashionably late as always. He's crammed in a corn yellow shirt struggling to cope with his size and it's smeared with fragments of breakfast.
manning the barbecue in the gardens behind his
Chief Vulture isn't the only one not congregating with all the hordes on the streets. Mason Gator is busy manning the barbecue in the gardens behind his restaurant.

As a novelty it's worth a read.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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