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Overview Evelyn Blake may live in the heartland---but there's nothing sentimental about her or her Kansas City media empire. When her reclusive billionaire husband runs for mayor, and then suddenly goes missing, it seems everybody in town is climbing on the detective bandwagon. Will they find answers---or more trouble than they bargained for? 300 pages, softcover from Harvest.
Community Description Evelyn Blake may live in the heartland---but there's nothing sentimental about her or her Kansas City media empire. When her reclusive billionaire husband runs for mayor, and then suddenly goes missing, it seems everybody in town is climbing on the detective bandwagon. Will they find answers---or more trouble than they bargained for? 300 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.605 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736914064 ISBN13 9780736914062
Availability 0 units.
More About Chris Well
Chris Well writes laugh-out-loud crime and mystery fiction. His novels include "Forgiving Solomon Long" ("Action-packed prose," "RT Book Reviews") and "Tribulation House" ("Well's clever dialogue will leave readers in stitches," "Publishers Weekly"). He and his wife live in Tennessee.
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Walking the Tightrope Oct 4, 2007
"Nobody complains when a whodunit doesn't have cursing," Chris Well wrote in a recent WOG (now doesn't WOG sound better than BLOG?). I think you're onto something, Chris. Everyone is surprised you have that detective finesse in your down- and- dirty crime thriller-- I mean up- and- clean, given the genre and audience. But that genre is confused. Booklist said Tarentino's Pulp Fiction comes to mind. I don't think so. I think we're reading Chris Well because we don't want to read (or watch) Tarentino. I know I don't.
I don't think that's what you mean to write either, Chris. You've named some of your sources: Dashiel Hammett, Raymond Chandler, but here in your second novel, you're already leaning more toward Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and G.K. Chesterton. Subtle, boy, subtle. As Sayers, the second president of the Detection Club (Chesterton was the first) remarked, it's all about detection and not about the crime. Those gory guys just don't get it. You've got your work cut out for you though, pal. Look at your first influences: those hard-boiled dicks and hard-bitten gumshoes that TV loves.
And arguably, your readers may not want all that fancy stuff. Writing to a deadline, to a contract, lots of books, keep 'em coming. That's the tradition of the pot-boilers. A steady stream of action heroes-- action and intrigue. But here you are, sly dog, slipping in any number of nuanced observations, with as many pop cult cameos as The Simpsons. I only see a few I know, but other readers likely see more. Just about anyone can see more influences than Tarantino.
Then there's-- should I even bring this up?-- the floating narrator. Changing faces with every chapter. Or are they sub-chapters? How to keep up in this swirling montage of mixing streams? Not only various lives, but diverse visions colliding, shrapnel everywhere. The camera changing angles, fading in and out, ala Woody Allen. The writing as a pick, as Annie Dillard said, chipping away along with the detectives, each blow inching closer to discovery.
Then there's the humor, not forced or tacked on, but arising naturally from the affairs of men, the vicissitudes of life, delivered, of all things, in the whimsical tone of the narrator, which is never done; it's too hard to do, yet somehow it works. Then, I'd think you've been reading Flannery O' Connor for that Gothic element. Do I see any inspiration in Missionary Bob from Hazel Motes in Wise Blood? But then there's the distinctive Chris Well humor, when the old couple giving hitchhiker Bob a lift call him Padre, and he continually piles up a fevered litany of such interchangeable church titles as Bishop Right Reverend Good Fair Damascus Rhodes.
I notice that your third novel moves towards a single narrator and longer chapters. Far be it from me to suggest it, but were you to move imperceptibly, as Sayers suggested, from crime to detection, I'd keep reading. Seen a certain way, beneath the red herrings and shimmering sheets of illusion, Deliver Us From Evelyn is really a detective yarn. For all the conflux of inspirations there is a distinctive voice, and your novels wouldn't be mistaken for those of anyone else. Which is to say that while we may wonder whodunit, we would never wonder whowroteit. There are too many clues for the careful reader to follow: the stealthy pacing, the shift in voice, the unexpected flash of humor. The author is in this room. In this library: Chris Well.
Excellent Follow Up May 27, 2007
This was a great book. It was a follow up to Forgiving Solomon Long but even better. Deliver us from Evelyn is very well written. Wells' quirky sense of humor really brings this book to life. I loved the character of the Right Fair Reverend Missionary Bob Mullins almost every scene that involved him were hilarious. The Professional Thug Nelson Pistek was another character that had me looking forward to reading more about his journey. It again combines the mob, police, and FBI. Add to them a missing millionaire, a comic bookstore, a con-man missionary, an insider leaking information through a web blog, and you've got a complex mess of leads and loose ends that amazingly all some how come together. This was truly an enjoyable book.
Fantastic read, but more Evelyn please! Apr 21, 2007
I really enjoyed this book. The style is a wee bit different from "Forgiving Solomon Long", but every bit as fun and entertaining to read. Once I picked it up I was eager to see how it would play out. I knew it was a good book because the deeper I got, the more I tried to figure out where it was going as I got there. (The whole "creamer thing" had me waiting to find out how it was going to figure into the end. LOVED IT! Two thumbs up for a unique twist!) To me that's the sign of a good writer, they keep you interested and thinking the whole way through.
I especially liked the snapshots into the psyche of certain characters like Judge Gideon, Good Right Fair Reverend Damasacus, whatever his name-of-the-moment was...and the snippits of the wrath of the uber-boss-from-hell, Evelyn Blake. I wanted so much more of her and wanted to see her get her come-uppance. Haven't we all had one of those bosses? What was really driving her? I was hoping to see more into her mind and understand what made her this way.
Overall, I would recommend this title. Maybe it's a good thing to be left wanting more from an author?...I'm certainly looking forward to "Tribulation House."
Not quite finished... Apr 7, 2007
This book was a quick, interesting read, but the author didn't quite finish writing the book. There were several concurrent story lines...all interesting. An incompetant conman, a not-ready-for-prime-time thug, an adoptee searching for a birth parent... You just knew you were reading spokes on a wheel that were all going to come together at the center. And that was pretty much the case, BUT...a few of the spokes kind of glanced off the side of the hub. Or maybe never quite made it to the center. And those that did come to the center got there a little too abrubtly. I still have a lot of 'wonder what happened to...' questions. The book was an entertaining Sunday afternoon read, but a forgettable story, once you put it down. Not earth-shattering, but still fun to read
Distracted! Feb 20, 2007
When I picked this up, I was expected to be once again blown away. "Forgiving Solomon Long" was unforgettable for me. And while this was entertaining, with some great redeeming qualities, it was too easy for me to put down. I loved the blogs, and the mind games were great, but I think I got distracted one too many times in this. And when I get distracted, it doesn't mean that I didn't like what I read, rather it gets on my nerves. Next thing I know, and I'm thinking, "Oh crap! C'mon!" The story is worth telling though.
So who is Evelyn Blake? Read this and you'll find out soon enough. What's with all the blogs, corporate secrets are being given away! By the way, it didn't take me long to figure out who the secret blogger was. It is possible that it was intended to be obvious. Other things in this are not so obvious. You get to hang out with Charlie and Griggs, as they try and get to the bottom of this crazy mess! By the way, is non-dairy creamer really flammable? What's up with the traveling missionary? He's all screwed up! This is all screwed up, with all the twists and turns, and THEN it finally makes sense in the end. You might even hear from the Russians in this. Take a trip to the batting cages, and look for your pitch!
Hey, there are some great qualities in this. Chris Well put this together with some thought, and I appreciate that. But something like this should've taken me only a few days to get through. Instead, with the distractions, I slogged through it. Unfortunately, I was just happy when the trip was over. Maybe next time. Maybe.