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I'm pleased for Rupert Thomson. Really, I am. He's been producing novels in relative obscurity throughout his writing career, most of them highly inventive and brilliantly written. Now, with Secrecy, he seems to have made some sort of breakthrough to the mass market. Unfortunately he's done it with a book that's a turkey. Set aside the fact that the Florence setting seems to have been written with tourist map to hand, and the convoluted plot is heavily reliant on coincidence. Ignore the convenient moments when the narrator "instinctively knew" such and such a character was behind an event. The fact is, in terms of prose style, it's uncharacteristically clunky and laboured, with sentences that verge on cliché or stumble wholeheartedly into it. Perhaps there's a purpose behind these flaws, some revelation that explains the whole unstable construction, but I doubt it. I lost patience and abandoned it a third of the way through. Hopefully will the next book will mark a return to form, but this one is best avoided.