007 movies are often messy, redundant and unclear. But at least there are mind blowing special effects, beautiful title tracks sung by Adele and eye candies such as Mr Craig.
This long short story/short novella is just messy.
Suspended between M/M erotic romance, mystery novel, coming of age story it fails to deliver on all accounts. All three fictional souls of the work feel underdeveloped and the balance that should mesh them together is never struck. I felt thrown from port to starboard with no idea where the story was going.
Writing is not always clear, particularly during the two action scenes. The shooting towards the end is particularly ill done: I cannot give the details because I would give away the plot but there were moments I could not understand who was doing what and where.
The conclusion tops it all by not even managing a happy for now: the last pages are simply there, nothing is solved and feelings are unclear.
The only clear message this work manages to pass through is how homophobic and judgemental a part of US afro-american community is.