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Dead Letter: A Murder Mystery (Anglais) Broché – août 2008

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read! 13 février 2009
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Frank Shima is a Minnesota-grown rural boy. He graduated from the University of Minnesota. His writing credits include: winner of the 1987 Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series for fictional prose; membership in the Tornado Alley Writers' Group; screenwriting for Doing Time. a comedy produced by the Screenwriters' Workhsop, and a half-hour comedy entitled Junkyard Dog.

Set in rural Minnesota in the 1980's, DEAD LETTER begins with the murder of two elderly brothers, Nick and Ted Novacek. The hasty conclusion of suicide by the large and unpleasant Sheriff Trout seems strange to mail carrier Martin Prescott, who discovered the bodies. Prescott is fairly new to the town, and when he becomes a murder suspect and his house is ransacked after a bogus move by the good sheriff, Martin's antenna tells him something smells in Denmark:

"Was it just a coincidence that I had been detained in the squad car while my living room was being torn apart? Or had I been kept occupied until someone-maybe even some of the deputies--had finished destroying my home. It would even explain the mysterious ride home. Sheriff Trout probably drove me around the county until he was sure they were finished.

'I'll call the sheriff for you if you want,' Ed finally said.

'No, he's probably got better things to do.'"

Some things never change in America, and one of them is the personality of small towns and the attitudes of rural folks. They have an inherent distrust of anyone "from the big city," and Frank Shima hits this idea like a hammer to a nail. Martin Prescott is the perennial outsider in this small town, and there are some secrets that a number of people don't want to see the light of day.

Shima's writing style is folksy and precise. The book is a quick read, because he pulls the reader in from page one. This whodunit is particularly cunning, and Shima proves himself an adept at constructing a tale in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. Great read!

Shelley Glodowski
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dead Funny 4 septembre 2008
Par KJMReviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
I find myself with mixed opinions after reading Dead Letter, by Frank Shima. Frank Shima grew up in Southern Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Throughout his writing career he has won a 1987 Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series, was the screenwriter for Doing Time, produced Junkyard Dog, and belongs to the Tornado Alley Writer's Group. This book follows his first title, Vencil.
When two bachelor brother farmers in their eighties are brutally murdered in their farmhouse in the late 1980's, their friend and the town's mailman, Martin Prescott, has serious doubts that the suicidal explanation for their demise is correct. New to the small rural town, Martin knows he's already an outsider in their eyes, but forges his own bumbling investigation into the farmer's deaths. When the niece of the two brothers, Diane Kraus, comes into town, Martin finds himself not only attracted to her, but with a new partner in his search for the true answers of what happened that night.
There were very few proofreading errors, which is a delight to report. However, as the book went on, they seemed to pop up more and more. The book was written in first person, which in certain cases in this genre, can make either the main character or the secondary ones appear one-dimensional. The majority of the secondary characters, I noticed, all seemed to be vastly overweight, giving in to a common stereotype of the Midwest. And without putting up a spoiler alert, the ending of the book, (though I understand what the author was trying to do), just felt anti-climactic to me. It could use a sentence or two to tie it together.
In saying that, it is apparent that Frank Shima has a great understanding for what it's like to live in a small rural community, especially in the Midwest. He gave the reader a great feel for the surroundings and mindset of the characters. His writing style displays both charm and whit, drawing you into his, often times, sarcastic hilarity with ease. I found myself laughing out loud a few times while reading. The plot itself flowed nicely and, at no time, did I find myself disinterested. This book, to me, stands apart from others in its genre because of the clever way it's told. Though there is the mystery and budding romance, I think I would categorize it in more relative terms by comparing it to Gross Point Blank- where there is all of the above elements, but a humor underlining it. He should write sitcoms. Also, I really liked the cover. I expect to see great things from Frank Shima.

Kelly Moran,
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book, excellent writer 21 mai 2009
Par Gerspacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have been lucky enough to meet Franck Shima in person, and I am honoured he is a friend of mine. I was struck by his first book, so intimate, so remote and yet so near everybody's heart and personal family history. I was very moved and I love one thing with Franck's books which makes him a unique author : his various styles : short stories, stories on a Family adventure, who are migrants from Eastern Europe, Or murder stories like in dead letter.
I love both books. And read many more stories written by Franck. He is so talented he throws you right from the first line of any story into whereever he decided to take the readers. He creates a world in which only his imagination and sensitiveness can take you to.
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