A Review of Cliche
Considering the title and tagline, how could I not read this book? I hate reading a book that tries to be good and ends up bad. Especially one that’s filled with ridiculous cliches. However, a chance to read a book that sets out to be bad? Yes, please!
If you sat down, made a list of every ridiculous cliche that appears in police procedurals/crime thrillers, I almost guarantee you that Cliche contains 99 percent of them. They’re all delivered in an over-the-top way that you can’t help but laugh at, even as you have to acknowledge the truth of them. Every time Archer pulled a Horatio Cane, I cackled. Oh dear god the lines were so bad. It was great!
Patterson and Robb walk a fine line in this book, and occasionally they waver on either side of it. It must be quite a challenge to write a book that is utterly ridiculous, but not too utterly ridiculous. I mean, you have the donut-lovin’, shades-wearing, movie-line quipping detective with the Horrible. Dang. Past. The femme fatale killer who can’t help but show up at the funerals of the men she kills. The hard-nosed lieutenant who has it in for the detective, but kind of maybe likes him just a little bit. I’m sure you get the point by now.
I won’t say that this was fantastically-written, because the simplistic writing style drove me nuts and there were a few more spelling and punctuation errors than I find generally acceptable. However, it was a fun read (brought to mind Lethal Weapon more than once!) that was a refreshing break from my normal fare.
Side Note: I could totally see Bruce Campbell playing Archer Cross if this was ever made into a film. I think he’s the only one that could deliver the lines with the bad b-movie film panache they deserve.
Title: Cliche | Author(s): Aaron Patterson and Nora Robb | Publisher: Stonehouse Ink (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-11-22 | Pages: 257 | ASIN: B014CA45JU | Genre(s): Comedy & Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-3 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.