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Intriguing but at times overwritten and poorly paced,
This review is from: All the Colours of the Town (Paperback)
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It may be a cliché, but there's a good thriller somewhere in All the Colours of the Night, which takes a rare look at the links between Northern Ireland and Scotland in the days of the Troubles. The problem is that having established an intriguing hook, the author tends to take the plot off aforementioned hook and put it on the backburner for emotional backstory about its reporter hero that stops things dead in their tracks. At times it's tempting to think he started writing a character piece then went back and added the thriller plot. The pacing is certainly uneven, the opening chapters hard to get into, he closing ones rushed, and it doesn't help matters that he has problems with writing convincing colloquial dialogue for his Irish characters too. As a result it makes for a surprisingly sluggish read when there's a good enough plot in there to leave you feeling with some judicious editing, a better ear for dialects and a bit of polishing it could have really shone.