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on 22 May 2012
I'm an avid Preston and Child fan, and have devoured their back catalogue.
I'll give them full credit for not resting on their laurels, and attempting to introduce new characters into their world.
However, it seems that the literary duo have hit something of a lull of late. Prendegast's exploits have seemed somehow lacking (never should have killed off a particular key character, but ballsy to do it. No one is safe!). Gideon Crew is a fairly generic character, with an attempt to make him more interesting by giving him a roguish charm and attitude as he rips off art galleries, a decent backstory, and a ticking timebomb in his head.
It's all perfectly adequately written. Excitement, adventure, twists and turns. From another author, it'd be a great story. But from two such skilled authors as these, it feels... weak. Perhaps I'm more disappointed in them because of high expectations, based on their previous works, but Crew just leaves me disappointed.
Don't expect vintage P&C, and you'll be fine.