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Michael Mann, four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker and writer-director of Heat, Collateral, Thief, Manhunter, and Miami Vice, teams up with Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner to deliver Mann’s first crime novel—an explosive return to the world and characters of his classic film Heat—an all-new story that illuminates what happened before and after the iconic film.
Described by Michael Mann as both a prequel and sequel to the renowned, critically acclaimed film of the same name, Heat 2 covers the formative years of homicide detective Vincent Hanna (Oscar winner Al Pacino) and elite criminals Neil McCauley (Oscar winner Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Oscar winner Jon Voight), and features the same extraordinary ambition, scope, rich characterizations, and attention to detail as the epic film.
This new story leads up to the events of the film and then moves beyond it, featuring new characters on both sides of the law, new high-line heists, and breathtakingly cinematic action sequences. Ranging from the streets of LA to the inner sancta of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in Paraguay to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, Heat 2 illuminates the dangerous workings of international crime organizations and the agents who pursue them as it provides a full-blooded portrait of the men and women who inhabit both worlds. Operatic in scope, Heat 2 is engrossing, moving, and tragic—a masterpiece of crime fiction from one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 39 minutes|
|Author||Michael Mann, Meg Gardiner|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 09 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,167 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#18 in International Mystery & Crime (Books)
#25 in TV, Movie & Game Tie-In Fiction
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It's well-plotted, good characterization, masses of sub-plots/side-plots, extremely dramatic.
But, for me, far far too graphic--and I think unnecessarily so. I didn't need all the blood and guts and gory details and monstrous cruelty inflicted by the core villain. And the book kind of lost track of his "career" throughout the years--he was a monster at the first, and still a monster at the end, but much lesser so. How did that happen? That would have been the only redeeming feature, for me, in including the hideousness of his actions.
Some real heroes here. Some medium-of-the-road characters. Some (very few) just sketches, really.
If it hadn't been for the first graphically described assault, I would have been glad to have read the book. But I'm old enough now to have seen more than enough horror and viciousness and vileness in the world that I really don't want to read about it--unless I'm going to learn something new. That's my acid test.
I'm finding lately that there's a distinct difference between American pot-boilers, mysteries, whatever, and the ones from Britain. There can be violence in the British ones, but no-one's standing there bathing their hands and detailing it.
While this wouldn’t work as a sequel for a host of reasons, it plays like an incredible film in the reader’s mind.
Take this from someone who considers Heat one of the greatest action/thriller films of all time.
Overall, I couldn’t put it down, was an easy enough read that only complemented the film masterpiece
The truth is, however, Heat 2, the novel, proved a difficult read... for me. In the following I'll try to write like Mann and Gardiner write:
Choppy and fragmented. Chronically short sentences. Single words. Hard to know who is saying what and what's going on. Here. There. Spartan yet dense. More about feeling via, somehow, singular words than narrative description. Conversations between characters, too many to keep track of, but little to no backgrounding. Obscure references. Names. Places. Some significant redundancy too (e.g., how many times do Mann and Gardiner have to mention a dying Neil's "paroxysms"?). Reads like a movie script: The pages of the book might as well feature regular script cues like "INTERIOR", "CUT TO", or "HANNAH'S POV".
Overall, I'd say it very much reads like like it's been authored by someone -- Mann -- who writes scripts and has an idea for a motion picture while he's writing, whereby the gaps in the script's narrative and exposition are to be filled in by what's seen on screen. But here in the book of course there is no screen, and there isn't enough narration and description to make what you're reading all that coherent and comprehensible. It's all a little bit obtuse.
The character development is quite effectively done, however, and the book certainly resonates with the "Mann mood", in a good way. Worth reading, but not an easy read. If the film Heat didn't exist, it'd be near-impossible to make headway with this book in terms of its structure, organization and cadence. In other words, you can't read this book and get much from it if you haven't seen the film. But while the film is great, I think the book is only somewhere between good and very good.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2022