This story has intrigue written all over it; the prodigal daughter of an Italian mafioso and a beat cop who’s taken the law into his own hands. Unfortunately, true to the title, O’Brien is relentless with the detail, to the detriment of the story’s flow.
The style of writing in The Devil is in the Details reads more like a comprehensive crime report than a novel: tedious and overly descriptive.
Van Cortland Park was huge, 1,146 acres, and had old railroad lines, hiking trails, a golf course, marshes, and a pond where Green could easily take refuge. The park was ancient, with overpasses used long ago but now hidden by trees and other foliage and with tunnels dug by the homeless who were looking to create a home where they would be sheltered from the elements and left alone by the prying eyes of people in the community. It was truly a place where someone could disappear.
Each character’s attributes and life history is narrated to the nth degree before any interaction takes place, rather than letting them naturally develop as the story progresses.
Another negative is that the scenes are peppered with lengthy inner monologues or flashbacks that derail the reader from the story line.
All of the above points are infuriating, especially since the quality of writing is actually extremely good.
Daniela had found herself looking at everything around her from a different vantage point. A sleeping viper had been lying dormant in a world filled with unsuspecting targets. The anticipation of the kill rushed through her veins as she welcomed the return of her old friend, her predatory alter ego.
In the end however I simply couldn’t persevere to reach the story’s conclusion, only making it to chapter 7 out of 12 (57%) before giving up.