Something Missing by Matthew Dicks (Broadway Books, a Random House imprint, 2009), 304 pages
Martin is a career criminal with some definite OCD tendencies. He largely keeps to himself, partly because he doesn’t really know how to interact with others in an unscripted environment, and partly because of his secrets. One thing that sets Martin apart from other thieves is the amount of research he puts into choosing his “clients” and the long-term relationships he has with each of them.
Quirky. Fun. The premise is grand — definitely unusual if not wholly unique — and I was smiling as I read.
Isn’t that cover great? I just love it, and it fits the feel of the book perfectly.
Overall, I would say it’s not hugely spectacular, but that doesn’t make it a bad book. Definitely readable, it just felt a bit flat to me. Some of this may be due to my reading time being spare minutes here and there and not the larger chunks of time I’m accustomed to devoting to a book, though.
I think I’d put this is the same category as Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files series — crime fiction, but with an emphasis on quirky (wounded) characters and a fun story rather than on the actual crime or a breakneck pace. I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more from Dicks.
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