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The Riot
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Laura Wilson is one of my favourite crime writers. I've read every novel she's written, so I'm a huge fan. I've enjoyed her DI Stratton series so far, but I was disappointed in this latest novel. I wasn't sure whether it was the subject matter that I found uninteresting or whether the narrative simply didn't have enough tension and mystery. There were so many different characters introduced in the opening chapters that I was immediately confused. Throughout the novel even more characters were introduced and only played a fleeting part of the story so that I didn't feel involved or emotionally engaged. I think the only redeemable feature for me was DI Stratton himself and his new love interest. The atmosphere of racial tension in the 1950s is well executed, but some light relief in the form of DI Stratton's home life and an update on his family would have been most welcome. The novel focused too heavily on interviewing suspects. I sincerely hope the next DI Stratton novel will be a big improvement on this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2013
After a brilliant start with Stratton's War the following books have proved to be increasingly disappointing. This one should have been excellent given the subject but I found it slow and repetitive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
This never really took off for me; I usually enjoy Laura Wilson's books but found this plodding in content and execution. Have had it some weeks now and cannot gather any interest in reading past the ten present mark! Perhaps others will get more from it by putting more in.......
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on 15 February 2015
Well up to Laura Wilson's standard. Looking forward to next Stratton book.
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on 6 April 2015
I really love Laura Wilson's "Stratton" series of books.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 September 2013
The strengths of The Riot are the characterisation, sense of place and time, and social contextualisation. DI Stratton is a strong and interesting lead and the book is full of a diverse set of well defined and vividly penned characters. There is a strong sense of London in the late 1950s as the social mix of some neighbourhoods start to change, and Wilson does a good job at conveying the social realities of working class life and the tensions around change. Indeed, the story works well to weave issues of race (both Black and Jewish) and gender through class and capital. And the plot is intriguing and quite complex. That all said, the story is let down a little by its pacing and balance. Prior to `the riot' the storytelling is quite slow and there is a lot of unneeded detail. For example, on his initial visit to the house in which a murder occurred Stratton laboriously meets everyone in the building and others nearby, most of whom never reappear in the book and who tell him little of importance. After `the riot' things speed up somewhat, but there's sometimes not enough fleshing out or reveal as to what is going on, especially with respect to the Perlmann's empire. Overall, an interesting and entertaining story that's nicely contextualised.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
Yes definitely worth a read. Even better if, like me, you've followed the series from the beginning. Usually history gives us the perspective from the rich and this is the opposite. Gives a very practical and sad insight into the tensions over jobs and housing when immigration got into the swing of things after the war.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
Author clearly feels comfortable with her central character who does drift into politically correctness at times, but then a difficult subject to write about sensitively. Interesting snapshot of a period and slightly over-complicated but entertaining plot.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2014
Great pace, plot, characters and thought provoking. If you like your whodunits to be a bit smarter than the rest of the pack then this is the one.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
I am one-third the way through and I am enjoying it.
I remember the fuss about slum landlords in the 1960's.
I will write again when I finish it.
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