Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I can’t say I was much of a fan of the Obama Presidency on a whole, even knowing what the current situation has brought us. But I did think Obama was a good dude, and the whole “Uncle Joe Biden” persona that kind of got cultivated in popular culture certainly amused me. So when I saw that there was a murder mystery starring Joe Biden trying to solve the murder of his favorite train conductor, and post-presidency Barack featured heavily? Yeah, I’ll give it a look.
The good news is that it starts out as goofy as you’d imagine, and the charm that is laid on thick during the opening scenes of this book is crucial, as the book unfortunately devolves into a bit of a formulaic mystery noir without a ton of heart or character. The novelty quickly becomes secondary to a story that is only really interesting because of the novelty, and it leads to what is ultimately a bit of a disappointment.
My expectations were not especially high, and this was serviceable enough. It just should have been more.
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