Author – Denise Heinze
Genre – Thriller Satire
212 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 9/13/17
No. 59 - 2017
My impressions: Funny to silly.
Sally St. Johns – Do-gooder woman with a checkered past, now CEO of a small environmental company.
Detective Withers – Intelligent, bumbling detective struggling to accept the loss of his wife.
Bud – Sally’s lawyer to defend her against terrorist charges.
Mom- Sally’s mother. Reminded me of Estelle Getty from The Golden Girls.
First, let me be clear. Sally St. Johns is not a Thriller. There is little tension or rational conflict. If I reviewed it as such it would get a rating of 1 star.
The story is Satire. It goes from funny to silly to ridiculous, but never approaches thrilling. The four star rating I’ve given it is based on it being SATIRE.
The majority of Sally St. Johns is told as flash-backs of Sally’s life from the time she was five years old. Maybe twenty-five percent of the story is spent on the main plot of her being a national threat.
Sally has been in charge of teaching inner city people to garden on vacant lots in Detroit, served for a time as a pimp for a group of good hearted prostitutes, became a professional basketball player and then mysteriously rose to the position of CEO of a small startup environmental company she organized. Her brilliant breakthrough idea is to collect human waste from the sewage systems and use the gas it releases to replace fossil fuels and put the big oil companies out of business.
But out of her past a person calling himself Switchgrass is undermining her efforts and convinces the FBI and CIA that Sally is a terrorist. She goes from being held prisoner in a barn by a pair of goofy FBI rogue agents to attending a secret meeting in the situation room at the White House.
The writing is funny and the sub-characters are goofy to endearing. Mom is a high point in the silliness.
The editing is not perfect, but acceptable as is sentence structure.
Character development is good for the primary characters, Sally and her mother.
Details are sparse. Things just happen with no background as to how. How did Sally get the financial backing to start her company and hire fifty employees without ever showing a profit? The significant environmental breakthrough she touted sounded like a feeble pipe dream.
How did a pimp running one prostitute acquire money to buy explosives and a yacht? How did he manage to smuggle bombs into nuclear power plants? The reader is expected to accept these things just happening because they’re needed to move the story along.
If you are looking for a good crime thriller pass on this book. If you like humorous satire enjoy it as such.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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