The Dead Don’t Speak – Kendall Bailey

Book Reviews
Never having been to Las Vegas (yet!), I get the definitive impression that, apart from the glitz and glamor of the Britney Spears residencies and fancy restaurants, the city is an urchin of debauchery and seediness. Oft-depicted as the syphilis of America, I don’t know if Las Vegas has a bad wrap or is really that deprave of a place. Until I can make that judgement for myself, I’m content reading books like Kendall Bailey’s visceral The Dead Don’t Speak.

The Dead Don't Speak

In his second book, Kendall Bailey presents the reader a diversion of sorts from the modern trends of storytelling. For one, there is a dual viewpoint from which the story is told. Not only satiating the jaded readers of the world (me included!), Bailey successfully orates a story that puts literal meat on the bones of its plots and character presentations. Set amongst the hyperactive  and semi-depressing gambling world of Sin City itself, The Dead Don’t Speak eschews the typical plot conventions of a down on his luck gambler who has hopeful intentions but ultimately failing. Instead, the author introduces a twelve-year old bogus psychic whose arrival in Vegas, after a highly visible mishap, sets off a dangerous array of events that spotlights the underbelly of the shiny lights in the city of Vices.

What did I like about The Dead Don’t Speak? A lot. It met quite of a bit of my extensive criteria of what makes a good read: well-developed characters who are relatable and real, was a semi-lesson in morality, and moved along at a pleasant clip, just fast enough so as to progress a plot that is entertaining but evocative.  

The Dead Don’t Speak is a fun read, and though accentuating the debauchery that defines Las Vegas, gives the reader a chance to make their own decision of whether chance and fate really do govern the paths we take,.


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