To be honest, I didn't particularly like the writing style. Perhaps because I'm not American or even more so, American South, I found some of the dialogue a little folksy and stereotypical.
That having been said, the basic premise of the story was a simple one that has been repeated often. A bag of cash inadvertently falls into someone's hands and the dilemma then becomes what to do with it. When that someone is a lawyer, the ethical and moral questions perhaps have more of an edge. I certainly wasn't bored by the book and some of the characters had depth and interest.
The principle character Tubby Dubonnet came across, initially as a world-weary, cynical lawyer who used the system to achieve the results he needed. I did like the way his character developed until you started to feel some real empathy and identification with him. I wonder how many other readers, after a separation and divorce have sat back, like Tubby did, and asked the question; where did it go wrong? I thought we were happy? Like Tubby, perhaps we're too wrapped up in our day to day struggles to look at the big picture of our marriages and families. Anyway, by the end of the book, I was feeling much more appreciative of Tubby's more altruistic side and his unique cast on life.
This is less a murder/mystery than just an interesting treatise on life in the big city, with a bit of mystery and mayhem thrown in for good measure. I did enjoy it in the end and would recommend it to anyone who likes gritty human drama and mystery.
I would give Crooked Man three stars.
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