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This review is from: The Doll Princess (Bane 1) (Hardcover)
I lived with the author for three years, so I'd been dying to read this for quite some time. Many-a-year since I'd spent wondering exactly what it was he was working on inside his batcave, and the product at labour's end did not disappoint. He smartly leads us through the estates of a battered mid-90s Manchester, a city still reeling from IRA bombs, on the trail of his first love's murderers.
Many press reviews have spoken highly of the compelling, deep character of the narrator, Henry Bane. Such praise is not unfounded; it isn't easy to write this sort of character without seeming as though his backstory is half-baked. Bane, however, is a fully-formed beast. The dialogue is curt, witty and always believable.
But this book is so much more than the narrator. Many of the bad people he meets along the way are so well-developed you almost feel they justify a spinoff of their own. The author's characterisation is absolutely top-notch. An awful lot of love has gone into this book.
Rich, rewarding and at times terrifying, this is a bloody rollercoaster of sex, drugs and tea. It grabs you and won't put you down. It isn't what I'd call a `daytime' read, but as we all know, C-beams glitter in the dark.
If this isn't set to celluloid, I'll eat my Harrington.