To Sleep... Perchance to Die - Donald R. Grippo

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Mai Faca and Jake Warden are lovers. Jake is getting out of a bad marriage and will soon be free, but Mai’s parents hate Jews and Jake is one whether he practices or not. Her family would never condone a marriage between her and a Jew, so the family would kill him outright and she would be banished. She loves her family and doesn’t want to be banished. So they have to come up with some other way to be together. Enter Jake’s friend and co-worker Bret Manley. Bret has no idea what he’s getting himself into, but he’ll find out.


First off, Jake and Mai have no redeeming qualities and make pretty good villains in this story. They are detestable. I felt sorry for Bret the more I read. He started out seeming to be a bit of an ass, but then he gets duped in the worst possible way. Yet, for all that he goes through, he doesn’t let it change the fundamental ‘him’. I love his Uncle Hubie and the PI Dillon, too.


The plot in this story is on the thin side. There’s not much substance to it except the long term plan of Mai and Jake to be together. The writing isn’t bad, but the lack of plot made it seem to drag along in spots. There isn’t much excitement and it isn’t fast-paced. Overall it’s not a bad read, but it’s not the most stimulating either.