Here is the Publishers Weekly review for my novel, Let It Ride (which is published as Swap in Canada):

Let It Ride, John McFetridge. Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-59948-5

Too many characters and points of view throw off the rhythm of this sprawling homage to caper-master Elmore Leonard from Canadian author McFetridge (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere). Venard “Get” McGetty, a vet who served in Afghanistan, crosses the border from Detroit to Toronto looking to exchange guns for coke. As Get takes in the scope of the action of the Saints of Hell gang, he meets Sunitha Suraiya, a whore with big plans. Big Pete Zichello, a rival holdout targeted for elimination, tries to fight back, while Richard Tremblay, the head of the Saints of Hell who brought all the other gangs into line, tries to buy time for his last move. Meanwhile, Get and Sunitha hatch a daring plan to steal a jackpot of gold. Amid the busy plot, McFetridge does a good job depicting a crime-ridden Toronto (aka the Big Smoke) that resembles the wide-open Chicago of Prohibition days with corrupt cops, gang warfare, and flourishing prostitution. (Feb.)


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Comment by Donna Carrick on December 7, 2009 at 9:49am
I have an attention span, and I know how to use it. Bring on the characters and plot, John! Well done!
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 7, 2009 at 1:09am
Yup.. I liked AMADEUS, too. :)
Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 7, 2009 at 12:52am
'Too many characters' means frankly, people are going to become curious and look the novel over.

And Dana, 'Amaedus' is my No. 1 all-time favorite movie.
Comment by Dana King on December 6, 2009 at 7:56am
"Too many characters and points of view" reminds me of the scene in AMADEUS where the Emperor tells Mozart a composition has too many notes, and Mozart asks which ones he'd like him to get rid of.

I've read both of your previous books, John, and enjoyed them. I don;t see how those stories could have been told any other way.
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 6, 2009 at 7:51am
Nice! Enjoy the coming reviews also. Best time in the publishing process.
Comment by Jon Loomis on December 6, 2009 at 7:30am
Congratulations, John--worse things than a busy plot, IMO.

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