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Mr. Clarinet: A Novel (Max Mingus Thriller) (2006 original; edició 2008)

de Nick Stone (Autor)

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Hired by a powerful white Haitian family to find their young son, who has been missing for two years, Max Mingus struggles to set aside painful memories and tackles a web of local corruption that threatens his tenacious hold on sanity.
Títol:Mr. Clarinet: A Novel (Max Mingus Thriller)
Autors:Nick Stone (Autor)
Informació:Harper Perennial (2008), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Jim
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Mr. Clarinet de Nick Stone (2006)

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Traduction française malheureusement horrible. On a traduit le slang américain, entre autre celui des noirs, en utilisant des mots franchement démodés et débiles. Ex.: "négro" pour "nigga", ou des expressions qui ne collent pas, comme traduire "bro" par "mon frère". Les traductrices ont pourtant fait le choix de ne pas traduire certains mots créoles, je me demande si elles n'auraient pas pu faire la même chose pour les expressions anglophones difficilement transférables à un contexte francophone.

Ceci dit, si vous êtes Québécois ou francophone hors-France, le tout est encore plus bizarre et je recommande la lecture en langue originale, si possible. ( )
  roulette.russe | Aug 8, 2015 |
Just who REALLY paid the piper?

Reading an author's debut book sometimes feels like a double edged sword, yes should the they be successful and go on to write a whole series about a particular character then you are starting at the very beginning, on the ground floor so to speak (unless the second offering, as in this case, is a prequal) but then the writing style may not be fully honed as yet and later books are above basement level. On the whole I feel that this a fairly accomplished first novel.

The story revolves around an ex-cop, ex-PI and recent ex-con Max Mingus being employed to search for the missing son of powerful and wealthy parents in Haiti, a brutal and highly superstitious country where death in its many guises is never far away.

Now the author has certainly done a lot of background research into Haiti, its people, politics and environment and in particular how its people has been let down both by its own leaders but also the larger world and the UN in particular, some of the descriptions of the squalid living conditions that the majority endure is pretty harrowing. However, in a rather strange way this also had a negative effect on me as I ended up thinking a lot more of their plight and how it might be improved than I did of the main characters.

The main characters are fairly well portrayed from the determined and callous Gustav, the beautiful Chantale, the distraught mother Francesca and the powerful but benevolent drug Baron Vincent Paul. However, there are also a couple of typical sterotypes in particular the weak, gay 'father' Allain. Yet strangely the character that I really found hardest to like was Max himself. He fits too many cliches, he is obviuosly still grieving for his late wife, a recovering alcoholic and is steadfastedly determined to succeed. The typical flawed lead character.

Throughout the book there is an almost palpable undercurrent of violence with a couple of the most excrutiating (from a male point of view at least) punishment sections that I think that I have ever read, but strangely despite Max putting himself in some pretty precarious situations, mainly due to alcohol, and obviously a pretty tough guy himself he is kept pretty well insulated from it all.

The pace of the book starts off slowly, it is a cold case afterall, and then picks up but in the end it felt just a little too rushed, a little too neat. That said my main fault was that I did not feel that Max actually uncovered anything evidence on his own account in the end but was rather led along througthout the story by others rather like a bull with a ring thougth its nose. Also just why did Chantale suddenly have to disappear from the scene after the author had so painstakingly portrayed her.

I was split between awarding this book either 3 or 4 stars but eventually plumped for the latter. As a debut book it certainly showed plenty of promise and perhaps above all it left me thinking about the plight of the people of Haiti, this blighted half of Espanyol.A country I admit I know little about. I mean would the local children really be better off living in other richer countries, althought obviously not with loving families not peadophiles, rather than their own? Even if that meant someone selling them? ( )
  PilgrimJess | Feb 20, 2013 |
This novel started out good, but as ex-private detective/ex-con/ex-cop Max Mingus begins to unravel the mystery of the missing child Charlie Carver he takes his years and years of training and with complete disregard to protocol throws all of that experience to the wind. He continues to make wrong turn after wrong turn. The way the story evolves reminds me of someone who is driving to their destination and then there GPS breaks, and even though one of the other passengers in the car knows the way, he doesn't ask for help from them or even stop and ask someone else. Max stays in a constant state of lost. For example to show I have no personal disgust with the author (the king of swords was great by the way) her is an example of where Max blatantly makes a silly choice. He calls his ex-partner in Miami for help. His buddy Joe Liston says, I will call you tomorrow with ALL of the information I find out. Okay so that was the plan. It makes sense. So then why oh why does Max set out for a freakin' week to find the answers and get his ass beat by some random kids, etc etc. So FINALLy when he does return his ex-partner's phone call it goes something like this: "Okay Max I found out the guy behind the drug ring is..." Max cuts him off " I know it's Vincent Paul" and this just keeps happening like they are two lovers finishing each others sentences. The point is if Max had just waited a mere 15 hours his buddy could have filled in Max as well as the reader a whole lot quicker than the boring roller-coaster ride we just went on for the past week. So all in all the story unravels at the same pace as a newborn baby unwrapping Christmas gifts and when I say newborn I mean just exited the womb! I would like to award this book less stars but at this point I have just ended up feeling sorry for this author's debut book. I'm just glad Nick Stone learned from his previous mistake and made his second book a little faster pace as well as a more interesting landscape than the poverty ridden Haiti. ( )
1 vota Timothy_Dalton007 | Jun 15, 2011 |
Mr. Clarinet, the debut thriller from author Nick Stone, introduces Max Mingus, an ex-police officer/P.I. recently released from prison after serving 7 years for manslaughter. Unable to return to work as a P.I. in Miami, Max is persuaded to take a missing persons case in Haiti involving the disappearance of the son of one of the country’s wealthiest families. The child, rumored by locals to have been taken by a bogeyman known as Mr. Clarinet, has been missing for 3 years and the trail long since gone cold, but the family wants resolution even if it means confirmation that the boy is dead.

Max’s search once he arrives in Haiti starts slowly, but the story has a subtle, almost insidious way of taking hold of the reader. Haiti itself is really the main character. Stone’s descriptions of the country circa the mid 90s, its contrasting beauty and squalor, the hopelessness of the 80% of the population that lives in poverty, are beyond vivid… they are relentless, and the story that unfolds is grim. But Stone never uses the (sometimes graphic) descriptions of violence merely for the sake of sensationalism; the brutality inherent in the daily lives of the people Max encounters is presented in very matter-of-fact fashion. Stone also presents the Vodou religion in a very respectful fashion, neither romanticizing nor demonizing it or its practitioners.

Woven in throughout the course of the story is a significant amount of Haiti’s history, particularly its political turmoil, yet Stone manages to do so in a way that not only doesn’t disrupt the flow of events, but is absolutely essential to understanding several of the characters’ motivation.

By the time Max comes to the end of his journey in Haiti Stone has managed to work in several major plot twists, including completely flipping one character’s role halfway through the book, and you’ll be glad you took the trip with Max to find out exactly who Mr. Clarinet is and what happened to the missing child. ( )
  AllPurposeMonkey | May 22, 2010 |
One reviewer - can't remember who - said that *with a competent editor* Stone will be in the company of Iles, Hurwitz etc. - a really top-notch thriller writer. I think that's true on both counts. Editing is really called for in the draggy middle. It's odd that a book that really careens along in its action scenes can bog down so much in other spots.

There's a few things going on there: one - again, a thought original to another reviewer - there is too much background on Haiti and its political climate at the time of the book. Far better to tell too little and send readers to wiki to make up the shortfall, than to drag them away from the action for lessons.

Another issue, typical with early efforts but out of place in this otherwise very polished (and hardly debut in the sense that Stone is a long-time writer) book is the tendency to show every moment of every day. Many quotidian moments can be eliminated without causing any damage to the narrative: how characters get from point A to B, details of surroundings, irrelevant observations, exposition of secondary and tertiary characters, etc.

As for the level of violence and gore: yeah, there's a lot, and the book would not suffer from bringing it down several notches. That said, it didn't particularly bother me.

A final observation, again lifted from another reviewer: the black buddy partner and hot young sidekick elements are entirely stock and not worthy of the rest of the story which is marked by moments of great originality. Ho, hum - I would have expected better.

I will be reading Stone's next book, which is actually a prequel.
  swl | Dec 29, 2008 |
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