Monday, 10 August 2020
EVE ZAREMBA - WORK FOR A MILLION (1986)
'Six minutes is not long ... but it's plenty long enough to kill'
Sonia Deerfield is a talented performer just hitting it big in the music biz, a recent million dollar lottery winner and a beautiful woman. Lucky Sonia. Or is she? For someone among her nearest and dearest is out to get her. Someone is conduction a harassment campaign of threatening phone call, vandalism, minor accidents ... Helen Keremos, susceptible as ever, falls under the spell of the red-haired millionaire, and is persuaded to take on the case. Within days simple harassment explodes into murder. And Helen needs all her street sus to untangle the chains of intrigue which are binding Sonia.
A bit of a punt taken on this one in order to cover a hole in a Goodreads reading challenge, and probably not one of my more rewarding shots in the dark.
It sounds better than it was, and it doesn't sound that great to begin with.
A lesbian PI-cum-bodyguard, not someone I felt we got to really know during the course of the book, investigates threats to a singer, that I didn't feel any attachment to, by a load of friends, corporate types and general hangers-on, who just weren't particularly interesting.
Apart from that it was amazing!
Threats, lawyers, a recording studio trip, a bomb, the police, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, an unkindly uncle, murder, and possibly a fledgling romance on the cards.
I was kind of deluded into thinking because it was a relatively short read - 170-odd pages I'd cane it in a couple of days, when actually because I wasn't invested in the story it kind of bumped me right out of my reading and I kind of meandered through it, 10 or 20 pages a day, with little enthusiasm to switch onto another book.
The style of writing was ok, the Toronto setting was alright and there were a few genuine moments of excitement among a book I found to be relentlessly tedious.
2 from 5
Work For a Million is the second in the author's series of books featuring Helen Keremos. I believe there are six in total.
Read - August, 2020
Published - 1986
Page count - 176
Source - owned copy
Format - paperback