Item description for Homicide My Own by Anne Argula...
Homicide My Own resides in that strange and fascinating land between mystery fiction and detective fiction, adjoined with the mystique of philosophy and Native American customs. It's a story of two slog-bottom cops from Spokane, Washington, who are assigned to what appears to be a routine mission: They're to go to an Indian reservation on the Northwest coast and pick up a man who's being held for kidnapping a teenaged girl. Once there, however, one of the cops (given the unusual moniker of "Odd") becomes obsessed with a decades-old murder, the only unsolved murder in the island's history, and he really doesn't want to head back to Spokane until he's found some resolution. His partner, Quinn, the acid-tongued menopausal wife of a decent and boring pharmacist (and the novel's narrator) finds Odd's behavior rather amusing at first, but then finds it to be much more than amusing. In an intriguing character study, Anne Argula has developed a novel that not only forces a reader to keep turning the pages; it goes so far as to force the reader to look at life -- and death -- in a new and uncharacteristic way. Pick this book up at your own risk. You may find yourself having lost not only the next few hours but also your sense of confidence in, as one might say, "the world as you know it."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Publisher Pleasure Boat Studio
ISBN 1929355211 ISBN13 9781929355211
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More About Anne Argula
Anne Argula is a pen name used by former screenwriter Darryl Ponicsan (Taps, Nuts, School Ties, and others) for several mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest. He was born in Northeast Pennsylvania and currently resides in Sonoma, California. After HOMICIDE MY OWN, the second in the series is Walla Walla Suite (2007), which follows Quinn, who narrated the first book. The third in the series is Krapp's Last Cassette, in which Quinn is hired by a screenwriter to verify the existence of a writer whose book he is adapting for HBO. The title is a play on Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. Ponicsan's Quinn novels are marked by humor and coal regions idiom.
Reviews - What do customers think about Homicide My Own?
Impressive Apr 27, 2008
I'm not easily impressed, either. Homicide My Own sucked me right in and held me right to the end. It is wonderfully well-written with a catchy voice which provides just the counter-balance to the weird nature of the story. I loved it so much I read it twice through in one sitting. It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Argula writes with a deftness and confidence one would expect from a well-seasoned author.
Homicide With a Twist Oct 12, 2007
Argula's debut novel features really great writing and extremely realistic, quirky characters. I'm reminded of poetic authors like Richard Hugo. The author has a gift for evoking physical environment and getting inside the skin of her heroine. We can feel the weight of her clothes and at times more physical detail than we need. She's a little young for hot flashes but that could happen. Her marriage seems puzzling but totally realistic. If this book begins a series, these developments should unfold in interesting ways.
The novel takes a sharp, bizarre turn with no warning. That's why I awarded 4 stars instead of 5. There's no reason for these characters to have some of these off-beat experiences (to say the least).
More, please, Ms. Argula Oct 9, 2007
I read this book last December and liked it enough to pre-order the second book, "Walla Walla Suite," which is just as good. The slightly supernatural twists in both books set them somwhat apart from the run-of-the-mill PI stories. And Quinn, a menopausal cop, is a unique creation, especially in her insights into the male mind and psyche. A woman who understands (although she may not like it) that sometimes men think (NOT!)with the wrong parts of their anatomy. A fascinating character in so many ways. So, yeah, like li'l Oliver once said, "Please, may I have some more?" - Tim Bazzett
Quirky but loveable Aug 22, 2007
This little book is very different from the run-of-the-mill mystery (which I also love) The characters are quirky and interesting. There is a bit of "woo-woo" so if you don't like that, don't read this. Give it a try.
EDGAR nominee Jan 30, 2006
Homicide My Own has just been nominated for an Edgar as Best Paperback Original Novel. The Edgar Award is the Oscar for mystery writers. It's presented by the Mystery Writers of America, a prestigious group of writers, reviewers, and publishers. This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor for Anne Argula.