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Waiting for the End of the World (The William Dougal Crime Series) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340932929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340932926
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A top-notch suspense novel . . . bears comparison with the work of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. (Publishers Weekly)

'A top-notch suspense novel...bears comparison with the work of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Tense and funny' (Booklist)

Tense and funny (Booklist)

A wry, sly romp . . . a deftly-crafted, hilarious, frightening and macabre tale (Washington Book Review)

'A wry, sly romp...a deftly-crafted, hilarious, frightening and macabre tale' (Washington Book Review)

Andrew Taylor is a master storyteller (Daily Telegraph)

Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting novelist writing crime in England today (Harriet Waugh, Spectator)

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The second book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner, Andrew Taylor.

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..only two one star reviews. This is an excellent and approachable light-hearted "thriller" - the second in the William Dougal series. It is no great work of art but it is well put together, well plotted and Dougal is an entertaining character. A good read in other words.

To criticise it because it does not resemble the author's later work is absurd.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the many problems with this book is that it was written too long ago: 1984 just means dated stuff and no mobile phones, rather than Christie or Allingham, where long ago just adds romance.

The plot? It's like a very slowed down episode of the A team - people driving vans, tying people up, being tied up but ultimately instantly forgettable. This is not detection - it's action thriller without the action or the thrill.

Bin.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LizM on 25 July 2010
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Andrew Taylor even before the american boy I thought this would be a sure thing for holiday reading. What a load of tosh. It reads as if written by a schoolboy with a weak imagination an enjoyment of action understanding of or interest in people .

I assume this is a con by this authors publishers into buying his early work written well before he matured into the writer he is today.
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Campernoyles is an archaic word for mushrooms. 11 April 2004
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Format: Hardcover
Dougal was waiting for Hanbury. Dougal had fallen for Hanbury's studied ambiguity. Malcolm was Dougal's insurance policy. They were in a library in a shapeless northern suburb of London. Hanbury was in a taxi at the exit. Mute hostility flickered between Hanbury and Malcolm.
Hanbury had money to turn over to him conditioned upon the performance of a service by Dougal of conducting a surveillance. He was to keep an eye on Alexander Vertag the leader of a sect. When Dougal went to pay his rent now that he could afford to do so, he discovered that his rent had already been paid for him by Hanbury. Unexpectedly Vertag turns out to be charming and with no trouble Dougal is made his private secretary.
A killing takes place, and Zelda, a friend of Dougal, emerges. Zelda had returned to school and obtained a masters degree in library science. Zelda is kidnapped and transported to a castle. Dougal, who had been inclined to drop out of Hanbury's scheme, had to stay involved for Zelda's sake. Dougal and Zelda end up being strung out in a creepy room. They do not know why they are being bound and held. They manage to untie each other and plot an escape. William Dougal and Zelda are rescued by Malcolm.
It turns out that James Hanbury and Zelda are in league with each other. Hanbury and Zelda are CIA operatives. This is a tale of spooks told in a spooky manner complete with a spooky atmosphere. In this instance a more linear format would have decreased the fuzziness in the story-telling without sacrificing the tension generated.
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