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Fly Away, Jill by Max Byrd (1987-11-19)

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Original name book: Fly Away, Jill by Max Byrd (1987-11-19)

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  • By Badman on October 12, 2013

    The second of three classic-style PI novels Byrd wrote in the early 80s, "Fly Away Jill" is a take on the "little girl lost" motif. However, Byrd throws in a few good twists and this is another strong Ross MacDonald-style PI thriller.Michael Haller is a PI with a specialty, finding lost people, and works out of San Francisco. Only here, the novel begins as Haller is in London to continue his search for a missing wife. Hired by a client in America, Haller has traced a missing wife through New York to London, where he is a bit of a fish out of water. He meets up with an old friend and mentor, Magnus, and soon finds his quarry...but realizes about everyone in this case has lied to him in one way or another, and is almost killed by a trio of sadistic thugs. Soon Haller digs up lots of dirt pointing to crimes committed during WWII (remember, this novel was written in 1981!) as the basis for an elaborate revenge scheme, and pursued by London detectives he ends up in France where the entire case comes together...involving not just a missing wife but lots and lots of drugs.Some good points: Haller is sort of an Archer-clone, but much better detailed, and is quite likable. He's very much a traditional snoop (smokes non-stop, doesn't mind taking a drink or two, feels better with a gun in his hand). There is lots of action in this one against particularly vicious foes, and several deaths result as well as Haller getting the stuffing beat out of him, but that's very much in the Archer vein also. His friendship with Magnus and his realization everything is not going well with his mentor is a really good side-plot concerning getting old and not being able to fufill all your dreams and desires. However, unlike the first Haller novel this one is very dated....Haller has no problems getting his hands on a gun or two while in England, and the drug plot seems like something out of The French Connection (a movie which is actually referenced twice during the novel by different characters), and all the connections to an incident in WWII take you out of the immediacy of the story and make you realize it's taking place a long time ago. But all in all this is a very well-written detective novel with some really great sequences, especially when Byrd plays up the fact Haller is very much out of his element in Europe instead of his usual stomping grounds. It actually reads more like a politcal thriller than it does a traditional hard boiled detective novel.The denouement is very exciting, and actually there is plenty more action and intrigue in this one compared to Byrd's first Haller tale. It's really a pity Byrd wrote only three Haller novels as the character seems to really grow on you by the end of the 2nd book.

  • By Kendra Bridges on October 6, 2014

    Fly Away, Jill is a fast-paced, suspenseful read, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Akin to a favorite crime show on TV, the writing is easy, the characters flawed, and the plot quickly moving toward the next cliffhanger. The chase from continent to continent after a runaway bride is wistful and imaginative, and the inner monologue of the detective Mike Haller endears him to the reader. Picking this book up out of the blue, I am left curious about where Haller came from, and where he will go, after he finds his "Jill." I would certainly read another Mike Haller novel.

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