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This review is from: Dead Pretty (Paperback)
I realised recently that I was reading less and less of the things that I wanted to read, and more and more of the things that I was either supposed to read or had been asked to read, for reviews, for a favour, or as a recommendation on which I was expected to pass comment. Because of this, I have decided to return to what I like - sorry fans, but sci-fi is in the mix! - and Roger Granelli was the swan song of my former existence. Surprisingly, it was a book that just about crosses the divide.
Essentially, it's a violent thriller about a guy who was a delinquent teen, having "grown up" and accepted responsibility for his actions and become a Private Detective, who comes home from a job to discover his suspiciously beautiful girlfriend has been evicerated on his bedspread. Cue revenge scenarios, chases and lots of nasty blood-shed and soul searching. Pretty standard fare, one might suppose, but Granelli is an author with a cohesive style, tight and effective, and a pretty decent grasp of the dark places of the psyche. That Mark Richards is pretty much an illiterate operating on instinct and intuition rather than logic or intelligence did distance him as a protagonist, but he is still unshakeably realistic and comprehensively drawn. The plot is firm and solidly built, and it is relevant to the times. Granelli should appeal to readers of grisly realistic thrillers, and is possibly the best such author to revel in his Welsh roots. And I liked it!