Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Chop Suey - Ty Hutchinson

Synopsis - When disgraced sales associate, Darby Stansfield, discovers he has six months to save his job, he does what any normal person would do.  He freaks.

Desperate to resurrect his career at Teleco Wireless, he conjures up an international scheme filled with the promise of endless high-spending clients.  It's brilliant, it's successful, and it involves doing business with organized crime.

But soon those closest to him find themselves caught up in his dangerous plan and one of these unknowingly has the power to destroy him.  Darby must now make a tough decision––give up on the one good idea he ever had or risk it all. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways.  Initially, I did not think this book was for me.  The writing style did not appeal but that is possibly because I am not familiar with dialects across the USA.  Although we hear dialect on film it does not always translate well into writing, this is also the case in Britain.  This is a debut novel by Ty Hutchinson, an American author.  I don't know if the book was written specifically for an American audience, however it has become transatlantic.  There are some typos and grammatical errors which are a little annoying but not so many to detract from the book.  I am not aware that this is a proof copy, but if that is the case it would explain these errors.

Once I got further into the story, it started to develop nicely and I began to enjoy it.  Thereafter it did not disappoint.  Well developed characterisations.  The book chugged along at a good pace with plenty of action to keep the reader interested.  The central character is not particularly likeable, he does come across as a bit of an idiot, however you cannot help laugh at this hapless chap and I did feel sorry for his lifelong suffering friend Tavish.  Darby naively gets himself into some very close scrapes and by sheer luck does not get in trouble with the law and comes out of it all with his life intact.  It is a comedy, despite some gruesome characters and murders.  A good fun read.  I think I would consider Darby's next caper worth reading.  3*

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