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I Enjoyed It As Much As His Earlier Novels
on 16 August 2002
Several reviewers in the United States allude to some recent novels of Kellerman's that have not been up-to-par. I live overseas and haven't had an opportunity to read all of his intervening novels, but have read five or six of his books, and liked all of them.
This particular book, I enjoyed as much as his early books. I love reading about Alex and Milo's investigations. Just as I have aged, they have aged also. I like that, because the characters have grown. Robin is still with Alex, but is post-menopausal, while Alex and Milo are also getting into middle age, and aren't so impetuous as when they were younger. Perhaps the people giving negative reviews of this book, in the United States, haven't yet reached middle age themselves and can't yet appreciate this fact. I was very surprised at the negative reviews. What I loved most about this book is that when Alex gets involved in the investigations, he goes about things as would any ordinary citizen, except that he gets a few better ideas than I would. But I can imagine myself in his place, doing what he does, making the same mistakes he makes. Except that I could never really do it--it's just wishful thinking on my part. As a reader, it's easy to step into Alex's shoes. I enjoyed the story. I read it in two days, and had trouble putting it down.
For readers new to Kellerman, it is not necessary to have read Kellerman's earlier novels about Alex and Milo to appreciate this one. It stands well on it's own.