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The Key of the Tower Paperback – 3 Sep 1998


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (3 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074939661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749396619
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "theftandlove" on 18 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
This slight crime novel is, it seems, a writing excercise for the Proust enthusiast. Indeed Proust, who through the 'bad guy' Nieti becomes another character in the book, would probably have delighted in some of Adair's literary dexterity; at times breathtaking his style can unfortunately tilt over into stupidity, detouring from it's subtle humour and aiming at an unecessary comic touch too far. The plot is flimsy too, and it confused me what Adair was aiming at. He seems to want to write a comic crime thriller, but having constructed the bare bones for an interesting book, lets his natural flair for writing take over, hoping it will carry him through. So we're left with half a book at best, lost in some wilderness, amazed at both the style and content but for different reasons. If you want an amusing crime book read Kinky Friedman, but if you want to see a writer who can throw together truly remarkable phrases whilst giving you a vaguely good plot read this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selçuk Altun on 26 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
The first one is "Death Of An Author" and the third is the very recently published "A Closed Book".Elegantly thrilling and exciting.For me he is the new Graham Greene.Ý wish he was more proli- fic...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selçuk Altun on 24 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have totally
Like his every other novel I immensely enjoyed this elegant,exciting and satisfying literary thriller.
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neat, quirky little thriller 19 Mar 2001
By Jim Shine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While driving through Brittany, France, Guy Lantern finds his way blocked by a lightning-struck tree; on the other side is a French art expert in a hurry. They swap cars - Lantern's Mini for the Frenchman's Rolls - and what follows is a sort of homage to Hitchcock movies such as North by Northwest, in which Lantern is drawn into a complex plot, complete with femme fatale and a Proust-quoting baddie. The tale zips along, often amusing, always entertaining, to a very clever finale. Adair is a great observer of people and things, and his eye for detail adds to the at-times almost surreal atmosphere.
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