Always Say Goodbye

Always Say Goodbye

A Lew Fonesca Mystery

Large Print - 2006
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Four years ago Lew Fonesca's wife was struck and killed in a hit-and-run within sight of their apartment. He fled Chicago, driving mindlessly until his car gave up the ghost in Sarasota, FL. Working from a cheap office behind the Dairy Queen on Highway 301, he makes a threadbare living as a process server and savors his clinical depression like a fine wine. Life's a sneaky mistress, though, and has a way of suckering you into caring. Lew's found that he's really good at helping people get out of bad situations. That he matters. And Lew's therapist, who alternately acts as his conscience and his sparring partner, tells him that unless he's willing to leave the planet, it's about time that he goes back to Chicago and closes the door to the past so that he can finally get on with the rest of his life. Lew hates to admit it, but he's beginning to see her point. So Lew returns to his home town, to friends and family...and to a grief that threatens to engulf him. He's resolved to dig until he finds out who killed his wife. In doing so, he'll uncover both sweet and painful memories of his past. He'll also confront a murderer who'll not hesitate to kill again to make sure hidden secrets stay buried.
Publisher: Detroit, MI : Thomson Gale : 2006
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781597224604
Branch Call Number: LGP MYS Kami
Characteristics: 367p


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Dec 01, 2017

The main character, Lew Fonesca, moves from Chicago to Sarasota, Florida because he is depressed. Many people from the Snow Belt move to Florida to enjoy the sunshine and the heat. But Lew Fonesca remains depressed in Florida. If someone cannot enjoy the sunshine and the heat, then why move to Florida?

The problem is that the plot does not flow. The main character, Lew Fonesca, requires significant character development. If the reader does not care about the fate of the main character, then the popularity of this book will be significantly reduced. I would rate "Always Say Goodbye" at no more than 3.0 stars.

Feb 27, 2012

Kaminsky's perfect for somebody who really hasn't been anywhere and doesn't want to think about any other time and place except the ghettoized ethnicities of a violent Chicago, and the weird hodgepodge of desperate characters on the other end of the highway, in western Florida.

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