J. H. Bretts

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,095
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,095 - Total Helpful Votes: 1181 of 1479
Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale
Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent summer..., 1 July 2014
You disturb a burglar in the night, and kill him in self defence...The burglar's father is fresh out of jail and wants revenge...

That is the opening premise of Joe R Lansdale's impressive, dark, hard-boiled Texas-set thriller which is also an exploration of father and son relationships.

Lansdale's writing style is a little clunky and repetitive and there are some annoying typos which proof-reading should have got rid of. But the characters are very strongly drawn and the plotting is tight. Recommended.
The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher
The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a big novel - over 600 pages - and extremely ambitious, ranging as it does over a number of time periods. But surprisingly the vivid prose style and story-telling abilities of Philip Hensher are such that this exploration of what it means to be outsiders in society is a fast-moving and entertaining read.
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first novel I've read by Stuart Neville and I am very impressed. Set in the gritty streets of a modern Belfast still haunted by the troubles, Jack Lennon is a policeman hanging on by a thread...Neville's plotting, lean but vivid prose style and sympathetic characterisation are brilliant: I couldn't put the book down. A perfect crime novel up there with the work of writers like Michael Connelly and John Harvey. Highly recommended.

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