AND I LOVE HER
AND I LOVE HER has an
unusual private-investigator read with a “hero”
who seems fine for a lot of the going, but who turns out to be more
intelligent (read devious) than the people around him. There’s a huge
amount of criticism of divorce proceedings and nasty wives from a
self-confessed feminist. There’s aversion to legal reps, there’s
friendship with thugs, and through it all there’s love… at least that
is what Phil Allman P.I. wants us to believe. The book also sings along
with The Beatles while deviously going off track (just like The
Beatles, some may say).
I enjoyed it. I enjoyed Phil, the family man, and all his
attention to his two little girls. He is fighting a custody battle for
them but he is up against American justice and feminism. This
investigator paints himself as a loving father (not sure about the food
he gives his fledglings!). It’s also great to find a private
investigator who gets beaten up, an experience most normal guys can
equate with! James Bond is a mere dream by comparison with Phil, whose
humanity even stretches as far as depression and failing to work it all
out and off at the gym, whose humanity goes even further than getting
high blood pressure because of bitches, unfortunately!
A wry tale with a wry twist and lots of humorous dips and digs.
John Finch, UK
Great book. I love Brett Wallach's sense of literary humor. Hysterical!
At first, I thought, oh...do I want to go there, meaning...well, you'll
see - but I went anyhow and am so glad I did. Wonderful writing style,
great character development and just a smashing sense of humor. AND I
LOVE HER is the first of the Phil Allman (main character - who, by the
way, reveals humorous quips throughout that simply made me laugh)
series I've read. Now, I must enjoy the others, too. The reading flow
of Young Blood was easy and intriguing, so both of those things allowed
enjoying the book in a single read this afternoon. Be warned, that at
first the topic seems, like I said, do I wanna to go there - but go!
You'll love it and you'll have a great time. Nice!
~ Margaux Sky
enjoyed this slightly hard-boiled detective in, who is as human as you
and me. AND I LOVE HER is a tale
of a man’s struggle with his Ex and the kids, and some detective work
in the mix.
The inner dialogue and turmoil rang true to life and that really gave
book an edge. Then half way through, Whamo! An unexpected twist, then
and another. It was well written and moved along at a steady pace. I
to know how it would end for Phil, and I was not disappointed.
While reading AND I LOVE HER, I felt like I was watching an old black
and white film. The author does a great job in showing how the main
character is disconnected from what others think of him, he wears his
flaws proudly, as a badge of honor. The novel is a classic story of
cranky P.I. with an unexpected end.
Brett Wallach’s AND I LOVE HER is a good old-fashioned murder mystery
and I love it! Phil Allman, our protagonist, is a divorcee with 2
pre-teen daughters that means the world to him. Jessica and Anna are
the love of his life; they are the light at the end of the tunnel of
what would be a dreary, dead-end life for Phil. The story begins with
Phil “working on the ugliest case and for the ugliest client of his
career,” referring to Sheila Hendricks. Phil is hired by Hendricks to
find her 11year-old daughter, Kristina, who has been missing for the
past two days. As he prepares for his weekend with his daughters, he is
hit with a “protection from abuse” order filled with clever inferences
made by his ex-wife Cheryl to make him look unfit as a father. After
the blow of being served for the allegations of abuse by his ex and the
discovery of Kristina Hendricks’ body that was found dead near her
estranged father’s home, it was a lot to swallow. With a Shyster for a
lawyer, Phil’s life was now turned upside down, understandably. One by
one, people that have wronged him are dying off and it won’t be long
before the police question if he has the motivation to kill his
~ C.C. Prewitt
AND I LOVE HER by Brett Wallach is a gritty look at a modern-day
private investigator juggling an ugly divorce, two pre-teen daughters
and an unsolved missing person’s case that just won’t go away. I guess
I should feel bad for this guy, who obviously has some serious
problems, but I just couldn’t stop laughing. Wallach’s wit is spot on,
dark and ironic right up until the bitter end. No rainbows and sunshine
in this one, just a whole lot of fun.
~ David Wright