Kill Crime by Mike Slavin
I completed the book Kill Crime by self published author Mike Slavin this week. I personally enjoy suspense/mystery/ thrillers and never vested time in a book written in the vigilante sub-genre. Kill Crime may be a reason for me to continue that angle in my readership.
I wasn’t a bad read. In fact, I started Kill Crime with enthusiasm. It was fast, gritty, punchy and I was ready to go, but it quickly started to sag in the middle.
My issue surrounded the short one paragraph scenes that offered no conflict, just direction like two people landed at an airport in Las Vegas or let’s have dinner here at this restaurant, I’ve never eaten there before. WHY? Why even do this? Then we have our protagonist, Jeff Case, who is former Green Barrett, oil business owner, and flat in terms of character. He knows a little bit of everything, has a history sprinkled about the book but the author could have given him so much more substance and depth, the reader never gets it. In fact, I stopped even caring about Jeff or what he did. I call him a 2 star out of 5 stars in terms of character.
Vigilantism is also a subject matter that is simply not on my list of how I can assist with the improvement of humanity while I live on this little marble. Many of the characters simply encouraged the behavior and passed it off as “oh man, you’ve got some courage!” Again, I think that was a miss on the author’s part, lacking any depth with the characters.
Slavin shows tireless work in his research for this novel, which is the first book of a series starring Jeff Case from his military background to the appropriate guns to the oil industry and finally to wind trajectory. Hands down to him on that one. It simply distracts the reader so much that they don’t realize the writer needs more time to develop his craft in terms of building conflict in scenes, showing and not telling and narrative that comes in the scene and not specific dialogue. There were examples where characters simply talked out what could have been captured in the scene through descriptive writing instead of straight dialogue. No! No! NO!! I hate that. It’s like monologue written by a new playwright where the actor literally steps out of the scene into the spot light and speaks out their inner feelings to the audience.
Kill Crime is lacking for me. Again, not a bad read, just not my preferred read. I was excited at first, pushed through and finally felt a little duped at the end of it. 3 out of 5 stars.
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