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Misdirection: The Rusty Diamond Trilogy, Book 1
By Austin Williams
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
Austin Williams' crime thriller Misdirection has one very interesting thing going for it -- and that's main character Rusty "The Raven" Diamond, a former Las Vegan magician who has since burned out and moved back to the small Eastern Seaboard town where he was born and raised, reluctantly forced into private-eye mode after his elderly landlord is brutally murdered by an addict strung out on bath salts, and who cleverly uses the tricks of his trade to help in his investigation. Unfortunately, though, the rest of Misdirection is an only mediocre, by-the-numbers supermarket potboiler, and suffers from the exact kinds of problems you would expect from such a book -- stilted dialogue, clunky exposition, uneven pacing, cardboard-thin characters who loudly announce their goodie or baddie status from a mile away, etc. Just an okay read even for those who are heavy crime fans, it does not really come recommended to a general audience today, despite the admittedly compelling character at the center of it all.
Out of 10: 7.5