Lee Goldberg, my nephew who writes the MONK books, received a glowing review recently…well, he gets glowing reviews all the time, except for the usual hate mail that all authors of note regularly receive. MR. MONK ON THE ROAD got a rave review today from the Gelati's Scoopblog. They said, in part:
This is probably the best Monk novel that Lee Goldberg has written by far, plain and simple, it's flat out awesome! […]Lee Goldberg has really taken the characters and fleshed them out more, gotten inside their heads, exposed their feelings and emotions on a level that hasn’t been done before, [giving] them a unique sense of self, where they stand with each other and the world, and a balance and symmetry that the characters have always craved but never had. This for me is the complete Mr. Monk novel: fun, tongue in cheek, over the top insanity mixed with equal parts mystery, action and an ending that ties everything up into a nice package.
I love reading rave reviews, and cringe reading the negative write-ups often posted on Amazon.com by people who may have an agenda other than making literary recommendations. There was a coordinated "bad review" spam assault launched against author Steven Long a few y ears back, and Kevin M. Sullivan is dealing with a current mutation of an old problem: "Since January 24, 2009, I've been answering questions at the site Executed Today. Since that time, there have been over 1400 Q&A's, and it looks like the interest will continue there for some time. Recently, however, an individual has been commenting negatively and her attacks have become personal. Now, I believe, based on the usage of the English language, she is attempting to carry on her diatribe here [Amazon] as well. I do not mind a legitimate negative review, but untruthful, negative, and perhaps slanderous attacks I cannot abide."
Kevin is a hard working writer with the highest ethical standards, and the poor behavior of others is no reflection on him — except the poor behavior of others can manifest itself in a cruel attempt to hit Mr. Sullivan in the pocketbook.
Meanwhile, I don't know how much influence those Amazon reviews have on purchasing decisions, and my editor has advised me to ignore them for my own mental health. Easier said than done. I peeked today at the reviews of my new book, Fatal Beauty. Guess what? A real nice one from Kevin M. Sullivan!
"Anyone familiar with Burl Barer, understands what they're getting in a book written by him long before they turn that first page: In-depth research, exceedingly revealing interviews, and straight-forward answers as to what exactly occurred in each case. And with FATAL BEAUTY he does just that. It's a quick paced narrative that keeps one on the edge of their seat, and sparks that unmistakable feeling that it's all happening right before their eyes."