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2.0 out of 5 stars
VERY disappointing, 5 Nov 2011
As a big fan of all of Mc Dermid's books I was really looking forward to this one..especially with the revival of Jacko Vance..but what a disappointment it was..crass plots like the acid in the cat food, Arson with horses, an extremely shallow and "also ran" sub plot and a ridiculously compacted and accelerated storyline in order to finish the book just made for a very boring and predictable read.
It left me wondering just what it was that was missing, that previous reads of hers so succeeded in providing.....My conclusion provided for lots of misgivings.....first.... that she is trying to compress the story into an already made for TV programme piggybacking on her already successful TV career
second.... Tony Hill's character has completely changed from the complexly flawed character he was in Wire in the Blood to the laughable stereotype portrayed (badly) by Robson Green in the Tv adaptation.
thirdly..as crime readers, more importantly Val Mc Dermid crime readers) we all like a bit of gruesome, measured, twisted, personal, macabre serial murder.. not the dis-associated revenge killings of Characters we have never either heard of nor care remotely about that are the subject of this book
fourth..and most important..there is just no anticipation..like in wire in the blood when the reader is just enthralled that the data crunching is suggesting that a well known celeb could be responsible for a series of gruesome murders....in this book, none of the victims are there enough to care, and the perpetrator has lost his Evil persona and gained a ludicrous hi-tech wannabe voyeur type status who doesnt want to be involved with his victims suffering like before.
And the End?.........just ridiculous
...Shame on you Ms Mc Dermid....really really not very good