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Clumsily written, predicable and actually a bit boring
on 8 April 2013
Having never read Stephen Leather before I was intrigued by a chance to sample his work in this free short story.
Recommended to me as a result of my previous purchase history including the beautiful Inspector Chen novels from Qiu Xianolou I decided to see if this was to be a new novelist to explore and add to my reading list.
The story itself was pretty non-eventful, standard bbc saturday night murder by numbers stuff but what struck me most was the extremely clumsy dialogue and near painful way in which the characters interacted. I can't help feeling this one snuck past the editor's desk when he/she was nursing a rather bad hangover.
I hope this is not reflective of Stephen Leather's other work but I am in no hurry to find out after this sample which has done the exact opposite of making me hungry for more.
I feel a bit of a mean spirit leaving such a bad review but I feel it would be a disservice to those who craft engaging, relevant and elegant crime fiction to do anything else.
I have gone from 1 star to 2 stars as it was pretty inoffensive stuff but really if you favour clever plots and excellent tension read something else!