Review: The Big Silence

By | March 1, 2014

The Big Silence
The Big Silence by Bernard Schopen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Competently written in the detective noir style. Ross is a sometime finder-of-lost-souls who’s given the task of finding out whether a man claimed to be dead long ago is still alive, somewhere in the Nevada desert of the big silence. The story involves all the characters of the Las Vegas/Reno overlife and underlife–casino bosses, call girls, quirky ranchers, savvy business executives, and the occasional Native American. In the end, the right people find justice–which is sometimes happiness, but more often death.

I am not sure I understand the genre well enough to rate this perfectly fairly. Parts of the genre seem to include a very spare telling of events and relationships. There are many relationships to puzzle out, and motives sometimes are explained after-the-fact rather than through the actions of the characters.

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