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A Common Ordinary Murder

A Common Ordinary Murder In the Chicago Tribune Alan Cheuse described Donald Pfarrer s novel The Fearless Man as the gold standard for any other fiction to come out about the Vietnam war Now in this new novel Pfarrer prese

  • Title: A Common Ordinary Murder
  • Author: Donald Pfarrer
  • ISBN: 9781400066902
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Chicago Tribune, Alan Cheuse described Donald Pfarrer s novel The Fearless Man as the gold standard for any other fiction to come out about the Vietnam war Now, in this new novel, Pfarrer presents another kind of war, the one in America s streets, with the same kind of excitement, style, and power.Steven McCord, a lieutenant of police in a fairly large midwesteIn the Chicago Tribune, Alan Cheuse described Donald Pfarrer s novel The Fearless Man as the gold standard for any other fiction to come out about the Vietnam war Now, in this new novel, Pfarrer presents another kind of war, the one in America s streets, with the same kind of excitement, style, and power.Steven McCord, a lieutenant of police in a fairly large midwestern city, has been coarsened by twenty years exposure to violence and cruelty At forty two, he has reached a crossroads in his career and in his life He s been entrusted with command of one of his city s toughest districts, and as a senior lieutenant, he is poised for promotion to captain But instead he s studying law because he wants out His old mentor, Sergeant Hughes, fears that McCord will soon enter into that most contemptible of all legal specialties, criminal defense McCord denies it, but in truth he doesn t know exactly where he s going to end up.Then comes the common ordinary murder of an old eccentric a resident of McCord s district and with it a personal crisis for McCord Having given up on God long ago, he now seems to be losing faith in humanity as well But something about the case draws him, against his will, deeper into the lives of the victim and his family, pulling McCord back to a place where he will know again the passion and pain of being alive.Written in the intense, clear cut style that is Donald Pfarrer s trademark, A Common Ordinary Murder is a gripping story of crime and punishment it is also the drama of one man s test of love and strength Advance praise for A Common Ordinary Murder A number of intriguing, complicated characters a particularly heinous crime solid police work and a poignant sketch of a city in decline are good reasons to read this one really an examination of faith, its loss, marriage, and love Booklist

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    1. PROTAGONIST: Police lieutenant Steven McCordSETTING: City in the midwestern USRATING: 2.25It's a sad day when a law enforcement official begins to view the killing of an individual as a "common ordinary murder" (COM). That's exactly how Lieutenant Steven McCord feels at the murder scene of an elderly man, Charles Carden. It isn't until his wife, Nora, humanizes the victim by mentioning that he was a very good man that McCord shows an interest in pursuing the case beyond the perfunctory. In reali [...]

    2. I sometimes wonder: "Is it me or is it the book?" when I seem to take forever to read a book that should not take so long. This book was conflictedly predictable. A man in conflict with everything he knows and/or holds dear. Out of the three things ( career, religion, and family) that he had to reconcile with, in true man-fashion and with only a few nights of having to sleep alone he was allowed to have his cake and eat it, too. I was so hoping at least in this book we would find that "honorable [...]

    3. This could have been a pretty good book — involving a tough cop and family man undergoing a personal crisis while the brutal murder of an elderly man and his daughter by brainless thugs cooks along — but Pfarrer gets mired in a lot of William Kennedy wannabe introspective drivel.Or as Joe Bob Briggs would say, there's a whole lot of plot that gets in the way of the story.

    4. Introspection and what seemed like repetitive dialogue overshadowed plot and action - at least for me - others may find that more compelling.

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