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Lashings of black humour.....,
This review is from: Flight (Paperback)
Another great read from Adam Thorpe - one of our writers who is worthy of much more appreciation and recognition. His work continues to surprise the reader. Flight is quite different from the other books of his that I have read.
It is best described as a literary thriller. Bob Winrush (not Windrush!!) works as a "freight dog". This is a pilot who takes goods and people round the world on an ad hoc basis - sometimes to places that most of us would avoid. Some of his cargoes in the past did not bear too much scrutiny and he knows that his is not the most ethical of jobs. After walking out in the middle of a particularly dodgy deal he gets work as a pilot to a very rich Dubai prince. But trouble comes calling and it seems his past is catching up with him.....
Bob soon realises that someone is after him. His situation is not helped as he is in the middle of a divorce. With the help of his old buddy McAllister he changes identity and retreats to a Scottish island. But even there he is not safe. Is he being betrayed by McAllister?
Adam Thorpe has created a great main character in Bob - basically a decent guy but with some flaws. He takes a moral stand against transporting drugs but is willing to carry armaments to dubious war zones and even on some occasions armed men taking part in civil wars.
This is not a fast-moving thriller with lots of fighting and shooting. The tension builds up gradually and is suffused throughout with lashings of black humour.
An excellent read.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2013 22:08:17 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
Can't wait to read this one - I've loved his work ever since he won the Booker with his debut book Ulverton.
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