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Readable, but fairly clichéd
on 11 July 2013
It would be unfair to say I didn't enjoy this book, because I did find it entertaining. I read it in a couple of sittings so it can't have been that bad. I did find a lot of the text rather corny though. Very gumshoe. It certainly reads like it's from the point of view of a 1950s private investigator, but is set in a near future where I imaging not even New-Yorkers speak in this way. Plus a lot of the little quips the character makes seem forced and not particularly humorous. A little cringe-worthy in fact.
The plot is acceptable. It's not going to shock anyone with the revelations later on in the book. I was hoping for something a little more unexpected from a story set in a city populated by the both the living and the dead. The attempts to link the conflict between the dead and the living to serious issues like racism fall flat and would have been better avoided.