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Intricate and ambitious
on 2 September 2012
The high concept of The Twenty Year Death - that it's three books, in three styles, all interrelating is something that seems slightly intimidating and which might come off better as an intellectual exercise than an actual book, but Arial S Winter pulls it off in style.
I wasn't familiar with the writers being pastiched directly, but can see the influences of the decades in which each separate section was set shine through to make a compelling addition to the narrative than runs through each.
It's slightly difficult to review this book (books?!) without mentioning the general concept and format, but it's entertaining throughout. What is refreshing is that because the plot is driven by murders, instead of the modern police procedural approach, the period style writing of each decade means that the psychological aspects of the detectives and the crimes come to the fore, instead of the boring data cruching of modern thrillers, or just sitting back and watching an impossibly competent detective do his or her thing.
The Twenty Year Death is a big book and can seem a bit daunting, but definitely rewards the effort of diving in and immersing yourself in the different decades and styles and stories being told.