This month we discussed the novel "The Drop Zone" by Bob Kroll.
Opinions about the novel were varied. A positive for us because the discussion is always livelier and more interesting when that is the case. As is our usual practice, the members each rated the novel out of a possible 10 points stating whether or not they would read another book by the author. With thirteen votes the average rating was
6 1/4 points with six members saying they would read another title by Bob Kroll.
Peterson, burnt out and hungover, is tasked with solving the brutal murder of a Catholic priest. His investigations lead him to the dark and depraved world of teenage prostitution and sex trafficking.
The subject matter was dark and most considered it to be a 'noir' novel.
Although some thought it a fast-paced and interesting novel with a likable protagonist, others thought less of it. The members who gave it low marks seemed to find that the protagonist was too flawed - a cliche who wallowed in his misery.
While some thought the ending clear and 'tied up', others didn't understand the ending and found it obscure.
Although the setting was unnamed, and the fact that artistic license was taken by the author, we acknowledged that the novel was loosely set in our home city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The author's vivid descriptions ensured that there remained a frisson of recognition for certain places described.
The lucky winners of book giveaways:
Members will meet again on September 29th when we will discuss "Blue Monday" by Nicci French.