A few weeks ago I got a chance to read John Perich's debut novel Too Close to Miss
, by the simple procedure of buying it online via Barnes & Noble for $0.99. It was the first book I'd read on a Nook, not that this had anything to do with the book itself. It's a nice short little book--"taut" I think is the usual adjective for thrillers of this style. Everything about it is a bit better than it has to be; the descriptions, the characters, the action. I don't know if it breaks new ground in the genre, but I don't think it wants to. In atmosphere it reminded me a bit of The Wire
, but without the drug dealers. Perhaps if they made a spinoff that focused more on the various white-collar crimes of the drug dealers' sleazy lawyer...
What makes me so amazingly happy, though, is that this book is self-published. And I doubt that anyone could tell. (Maybe an industry could professional deduce something from part of the technical production, but I certainly couldn't. As far as quality of writing goes, I abandoned reading a traditionally printed book just last month with poorer prose.) I think that's wonderful! I'm very interested to see what John can get up to going forward with this whole self-publishing thing.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/too-close-to-miss-john-perich/1107766619?ean=2940013521155