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No shock or awe
on 4 December 2012
I have to confess to not having read much of the author's work, but enjoyed his James Bond book. I thought this would be a good place to start on his other work to see if I should then expand onto his novels.
Mr Deaver starts by talking about teaching writing and indeed at the end of the book slightly dissects one of the short stories presented here..
To my genuine surprise, I found this a weak and pedestrian collection with none of the clever twists I was expecting. The plots are either telegraphed or, even worse, just dull, almost in the vein of "but then he would know, because he was indeed the killer". No stand out stories, no clever twists, nothing to shock you just a collection of very very average tales. I arrived at this book with high expectations and left with bemused regret and I will be avoiding any more of his works.