Day of the Tiger, by Dallas Gorham

Carlos McCrary is a private investigator, not a cop, thank you very  much (quite possibly my favorite running gag throughout the entire  novel). Hired by a millionaire, ex-NFL hotshot to help a friend,  McCrary’s life just got a lot more exciting.

Now, please believe me when I say that this is, at its core, wholly a  private eye novel. A modernized version, for sure, but it stays mostly  true to the formula. It didn’t follow the ‘damsel in distress’ trope as  much as others seem to. That was nice. While it remains committed to its  genre, it defied many stereotypes with its characters.

I can honestly say I enjoyed every character in this, with the  exception of the villain. I don’t think he was designed to be a  sympathetic character. And he was good at making the reader dislike him.  All the characters were integral to the development of each other, in  one way or another. The plot almost feels constructed around them—that’s  how well it aided them.

The plot was fairly intricate. Several overlapping story lines  peppered the narrative. All of them were needed for it to feel complete.  It really felt well-rounded. Everything made sense and I didn’t have  any questions left at the end. The mystery part of the book was really  disguised as background information and world-building, in my opinion.  It was how the readers’ learned information that added depth to the  characters and the world, without boring or overloading them.

I also enjoyed the diversity of the characters. I liked how they were  treated and how the narrative came together around them. That diversity  was another place where stereotypes were broken. It helped add a bit  more realism and relatability to the cast of characters.

I loved the way everyone interacted. There was plenty of drama to go  around, for sure. However, the difference came during how they handled  everything. There was no unnecessary in-fighting, simply for the sake of  drama. People got along, had good relationships and good foundations.

Action and dialogue were at a good balance. Action was carried out  with realism rather than flashy Hollywood stunts. It really felt that  McCrary was flying by the seat of his pants instead of miraculously  knowing exactly how to escape a situation. That’s not to say things  weren’t too easy sometimes, but he still at least hit a few speedbumps.

Quite possibly the series I’ll turn to when the mood hits me for the  genre. Very well done. Excellent characterization. Definitely a good  read.

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