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All the Colours of the Town
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on 27 February 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I had to try reading this twice as I couldn't get into it. I found the first few chapters' hard work. However I think that was more to do with my mood than the book. Once I did get into this book I enjoyed it although can't say that I would rush to pre-order his next one. Although I must say that I think again this is down to personal choice rather than the book/writing. Set in Glasgow and Belfast we meet the journalist Gerry Conway who is sniffing around for a political dirt story on the Minister Peter Lyons. He gets involved with the investigation for the truth and is up against people that are happy to use violence to keep him from revealing everything that they have worked to cover up. All in all a good first novel.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2009
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I found this book very hard work to read.

It contains far too much local dialect and too many local references, which I found annoying and eventually made it difficult to follow parts of the story.

The storyline jumped backwards and forwards in time too many times - it just seemed that events were being blurted out in a random sequence, making it difficult to piece them together into a legible sequence.

Too much time was spent dwelling on background, such as religious frictions in Northern Ireland and Scotland. While this was important background to the story, the coverage was over the top.

In summary, a decent plot got lost in too much background "filler" and local slang for me.
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Although this is not the sort of book I would read I decided to give it a go. I must admit I was surprised I didn't think I was going to like this but really enjoy it.
The story is set in Belfast and Glasgow with a journalist Gerry Conway who sets out to uncover some truths about a Scottish Justice Minister Peter Lyons.
As the story progresses it becomes apparent that all is not what it seems and it keeps you reading on to find out the truth.
I found myself getting quite wrapped in the story which surprised me and found that I was disappointed when it came to an end.
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VINE VOICEon 14 August 2009
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This has a slightly odd style. Can't put my finger quite on it but somehow doesn't want to make me to turn the page. Couldn't work up a sweat to find out what happens next. That said, persevere and you'll find a good story and well detailed plot. Convincing main character. Not top of the Summer reading list but a good midfield player.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2013
THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK BY THE AUTHOR AND WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISE REALLY ENJOY AND WILL READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR
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on 23 July 2009
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It took me a while to get into this book, but I enjoyed it. The writing is crisp, the book fast moving.
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on 1 August 2009
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I wasn't all that bothered about finishing this book, in fact I skimmed through a lot of it as I'm afraid it didn't really hold my attention.
Anyway the gist of the book is that its main protagonist is a grafting Glasgow-based political journalist called Gerry Conway who covers the waterfront of the Scottish Parliament, and is always quids-in for a good tip-off from a fictional Holyrood Justice Minister by the name of Peter Lyons. The complications and the drama really get going when Conway realises there's a big story submerged in Lyons' own unsavoury past, the hunting down of which will require him to get on a plane across the Irish Sea to Belfast, there all the dirty deeds come to the surface.
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