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This review is from: Canal Dreams (Paperback)
Let me start by saying that I am a great fan of Iain (M) Bank's work. Though this is a better book than many out there it is poor by his standards.
The "shock" element seems to be just that - for shock value (rather than the integral, visceral and compelling twists that we have come to know and love) with the plot driven more along the lines of a soap opera or bad TV movie.
The only thing I will say in its favour is that is does successfully maintain an undertone of disquiet through the first two thirds of the book, unfortunately it does then blow it.