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FICTION - does it have to be 'real'?
on 7 July 2012
Introduced to the author via Billys Run - so had high expectations. Forewarned that the format here is different ie written from the main character perspective, but it is still unexpected for him to have frequent asides to the reader about facets of his personality / behaviour. After reading numerous detective novels: it was not offputting to have the stereotyped 'hero' down
on his luck with a history of broken relationships. The change here is that -albeit reluctantly- he's doing summit to rectify
the situation. However herein lies my problem - as despite dismissing reviews of other FICTION which call for the content to
be accurate to the nth degree - there are several holes in this plot. The two main ones are:-
a) artistic licence is used to maintain suspense until nearer the end of this short novel by the need to accept an experienced
/ thoughtful detective would not ask obvious questions much sooner:
b) his fuzzy thinking/behaviour could have been explained by more appreciation of just how difficult it is in 'reality' for someone to withdraw from addiction to a cocktail of alcohol and prescribed painkillers.
The other observation is that the proof-reading was slapdash on occasion - & repeated use of the murderers surname to mean best(hope this is not a Glas.gow idiom!!) is a spoiler. Conversely the plot is well paced with believable characters - and if you like your novels to have a happy-ever-after ending then this is a definite for you. pl.