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Daddy's Girls

Advantages: A good idea decently plotted
Disadvantages: The different voices aren't distinctive enough

Easter Quilby is twelve years old. She and her sister Ruth are in a children's home. Not so long ago they woke up to find their mother slouched across the bed, dead. Drink and drugs and a hard, sad life had finally got to her, or maybe her body just ga ...

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Review of This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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If Chandler Had Lived in Essex...

Advantages: Great story telling
Disadvantages: None - it shouldn't work - but it does

What's the difference between God and a lawyer? The man sitting across the desk from me, eyes fixed on my face, doesn't look like he'd appreciate the punch line. Terry Campion wouldn't even understand the punch line, but then his lawyer, Daniel Conne ...

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Review of East of Innocence - David Thorne

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It Cuts Like a Knife - but it feels so WRONG

Advantages: Interesting use of the point of view of the killer
Disadvantages: Rather a lot of loose ends and blind alleys - not always intentional

A Change of Direction ‘Cut Like Wound’ is the latest book by one of my favourite Indian writers, Anita Nair, and it’s a very new direction for her to take. I’ve been hooked by her writing ever since I picked up her fascinating ‘The Ladies Coupe’ more ...

koshkha 27.02.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Cut Like Wound - Anita Nair

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A main dish of noir with a side serving of crime

Advantages: distinctive narrative voice, good example of noir fiction
Disadvantages: not much crime solving, some may dislike style and / or bad language

I like narratives with a distinctive voice. That said, I find narrators with a truly distinctive voice can take a bit of getting used to. My first perusal of the opening pages of Ken Bruen's 'Purgatory' didn't inspire me to read further and I let most of ...

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Review of Purgatory - Ken Bruen

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When the Intermission Becomes the Main Event

Advantages: Very high quality of writing
Disadvantages: A little slow and downbeat

There is a line in Alan Bennett's play ''The History Boys'' that I love. It talks about ''subjunctive history'', imagining things that might have happened. In ''Intermission'', his first book in English as opposed to Welsh, Owen Martell borrows this ide ...

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Review of Intermission - Owen Martell

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