His antics have his crooked boss, who enlisted him to help bring down a drug dealer, scrambling to cover up the killings. The body count rises dramatically as Wiley and Leon close in on the rogue agent and the action comes to a bloody conclusion. Some repetition and superfluous scenes slow the pace, while one wishes for more about what led up to Wiley's fall and the breakup of his marriage. The jacket art of a stark motel exterior seen through a rosy, rain-splattered windshield nicely captures the novel's lurid mood.
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Wiley’s Lament by Lono Waiwaiole
And there was much of it I did enjoy because of the style. But style does not a book quite make, and it had too many flaws. The first was that it was extremely vio I was on a detective novel splurge, so I picked up Wiley's Lament. The first was that it was extremely violent. The criminal is a psychopath, who kills whoever gets in his way. After a while, there was simply too much gore. The second, which was in many ways more serious than the first, was that the book needed an editor.
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The reader was too often told what streets the main characters were driving on in Seattle. If you didn't have a map of Seattle in front of you -- and I would imagine that most people don't -- the information was pointless.
In addition, there were too many monologues spoken by the psychopath. How interesting can a semi-articulate psychopath be? And they didn't move the plot along. The third problem had to do with the style. I couldn't really care for the main character. It was a case of the style slaying empathy.
This is a really good first book in the series. While and Leon are tough as nails , just like the streets they call home. There's a lot we don't know about their backstory, so I'm looking forward to finding out how they met and developed this friendship. Great story about a rogue and sociopathic DEA agent on a killing rampage to cover his tracks.
Unfortunately for him Wileys daughter is one of his victims. And that is where the rollercoaster ride begins! Now I'm hooked and re Very good! Now I'm hooked and ready for more! Sep 14, David rated it liked it Shelves: Received this book, free, for joining Down and Out's Books email list. Fairly straightforward, gritty, crime thriller with the right mix of violence and satire. Feb 06, Col rated it really liked it Shelves: His progress impeded by the life he has been living, Wiley re-examines his existence as the bullets fly, blood flows, and love or a reasonable facsimile flickers faintly.
A new-to-me author — Lono Waiwaiole with the first from his three book series featuring an outlaw called Wiley. A fantastic, breakneck start with our main man Wiley ripping off a drug gang for cash in Seattle. We have a split narrative — so are with Lillie when she encounters her killer. Fernando is violent, sadistic, amoral and totally ruthless. Leon and Lizzie having had a thing together for a while.
Leon seems conspicuous by his absence. When they eventually catch up with each other, Leon dissuades Wiley from his initial course of action and together the pair of them team up and with the reluctant agreement of the local law start the hunt for our killer, Fernando. In the meantime efforts to keep Fernando on a short leash and under control, prove futile as he conducts a clean-up operation around town, endeavouring to eliminate anyone who can connect him back to the killing.
An interesting scenario as we have two teams chasing around — one covering tracks and eliminating the dots, whilst the other is endeavouring to find them and connect them.
WILEY’S LAMENT by Lono Waiwaiole – Down & Out Books
Neither one too concerned about operating within the boundaries of the law. Very violent, but with a lot more going on as well. Grief, regrets, loss and a search for answers and retribution. He is separated from his long-suffering wife-permanently, so far-and his daughter hadn't spoken to him for a year by the time she turns up in a motel room cut deep, too deep to keep breathing, by a really bad man. Wiley drifts through the nasty underside of Portland's sex industry in search of the murderer, but he takes two steps back for every forward stride. His progress impeded by the life he has been living, Wiley reexamines his existence as the bullets fly, blood flows, and love or a reasonable facsimile flickers faintly.