December 11, 2014

Book Review: "Wayzata" by Ted Korsmo

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Wayzata, by Ted Korsmo

By Ted Korsmo
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

I have to confess, although there are certainly other valid ways to think about the subject, I myself simply do not care for contemporary authors who choose to mimic a well-worn writing style that has already been around for decades; and that makes Ted Korsmo's Wayzata a problematic title for me to review, because it is not much more than an exact aping of a typical rat-a-tat hardboiled private-eye story by Raymond Chandler or other masters of the genre. I mean, it's done well, don't get me wrong, which is why it doesn't deserve to be dismissed out of hand, because I understand that there are people out there who enjoy such books; but it's hard for me to read such a novel and think anything other than how this genre was already perfected years before even my elderly parents were born, and that the mere act of writing such a tale in 2014 is essentially the act of beating a dead horse. I'm compromising today by giving it a middle-of-the-road score, but be aware that this is far from a mediocre book -- instead, it will be greatly loved by those looking for an exact replica of an Early Modernist detective story, but unfortunately worthless to everyone else.

Out of 10: 7.5

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:00 AM, December 11, 2014. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |