Thursday Quotables – The Crash

THE CRASH (Hugh J O'Donnell) Terry O'Byrne always solves his cases and there's a reason why: he can see far more than any others. People's life has no secret to him

8162E-OOnUL._SL1500_“Sharp Terry O’Byrne, thanks for coming. I’ve got one hell of a problem, and I thought you could help me out.” Willy pumped my hand, then the weariness returned.

“What’s the problem?” I asked. I had picked up the nickname because I had good eyes, I noticed things, and I never forget a damn thing.

“One of my boys got whacked last night. I want you to see if you can figure out who did it.” A car accident? He was hiding something. He only brought me in for problems that were too weird for a regular gumshoe, or one of the cops he had on the take.

“One of your runners get the axe?” He nodded. “You sure it wasn’t the other guy?” Big Willy brought booze in on two-men boats. One man to pilot, and another guy to watch the pilot in case he got ideas. It was a good system.

“That’s one thing I’m sure of. It couldn’t be him.”

“What makes you so sure?” I asked. Big Willy hesitated. That was a rare thing. Was he frightened?  I didn’t think he was afraid of God himself.

quotation-marks4The Crash: A Sharp Terry Case File by Hugh J. O’Donnell is one of those stories that start with a lot of promises but then don’t deliver.

I liked the idea of the psychic detective a lot, especially in the Twenties. I liked the voice, very personal,  colloquial and smooth. The dynamics between charactersat the beginning of the story are also interesting, but then everything starts to mess up. This is a short story and still, halfway through, I was wondering what was is all about. The plot seemed to meander, new characters appeared from nowhere and soon disappeared, and the mystery seemed to be just a pretest to tell… something.

Then comes the end, just like that, quite unlikely, without any apparent connection with the story. I was so baffled I wondered, is this truly the end? Or is this just the beginning of a longer story?

All in all, quite a disappointment.


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I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

8 Comments on "Thursday Quotables – The Crash"

  1. Bookfreak 101 | 2nd July 2015 at 3:59 pm |

    Too bad you didn’t like it. I just hate when you start reading a book, expecting it too be great, and then it just isn’t.
    Bookfreak 101 recently posted…Thursday Quotables: Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia HandMy Profile

    • It’s really a shame. Especially when the idea isn’t bad at all and with some help (especially from a professional) could have turned into a very good story.

  2. Well, this passage is intriguing. It’s a pity that the whole novel was disappointing.
    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair recently posted…Thursday Quotables: Napalm & Silly PuttyMy Profile

    • It was mostly the end. The middle was a bit mindering, which I can stand, if the end it’s good. But the end was a total mess. Didn’t seem to be connected with the rest of the story at all.

  3. Shame the story didn’t deliver – I liked the passage a lot! Says a lot that even though it’s a short story you still weren’t sure about the plot half way through. That to me says there are some serious issue with the plot!
    Celine Jeanjean recently posted…An Interview with C.D Gallant-KingMy Profile

    • Indeed there are in my opinion. Which is a shame, because many ideas and characters were actually interesting. That’s why I wondered whether this might be the introduction to a longer story… if awkward.

  4. Sounds like an interesting quote but I’m sorry you found the book disappointing 🙁 I hope your next read is even better 😀 thank you for visiting my blog.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x
    Amy recently posted…The Sunday Post #13My Profile

    • Uhm… unfortunately, I was quite disappointed by the book I’ve just finished too. It started out fantastically, I adored the first half. Then, I don’t know what happened, it just sank… I hated the ending.

      Maybe I’m too demanding a reader 😉

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