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2.0 out of 5 stars Good story mired in superfluous details, 11 Mar 2012
This review is from: Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace 5) (Kindle Edition)
I've read most of Peter James' Roy Grace novels and find it hard to believe that this book is by the same author as the excellent Dead Man's Grip (Ds Roy Grace 7). Dead Tomorrow is noticeably longer than the others and, though the basic detective story is gripping, it is spoiled by endless unnecessary descriptions of the furnishing of rooms, what people are wearing and how their hair is coiffured. Not only is every character assessed for their fashion sense, but also there's far too much Mills & Boon type writing about Grace's relationship with Chloe that verged on nauseating. At times I wanted to scream "get on with the story". If all this guff had been edited out there would have been a well-crafted story bringing together two interesting and important themes: the shortage of organs for transplants and the criminal sourcing from vulnerable people.

I didn't feel that the characterization was as deft as in the author's other books: for example, Lynn, the mother of a girl who desperately needs a liver transplant and has a job that requires people-skills, uses the F-word like a navvy when speaking to a member of the transplant team, behaviour that simply doesn't ring true. Similarly there's a senior transplant surgeon also using that word when speaking to police officers: incongruous language that grates. The author's over-use of this swear word in the book makes it lose force for those situations when it would be effective.

If this had been the first book I'd read by the author I wouldn't seek out more, but because I believe this was temporary aberration I shall look out for book 8 of the series, when it's published, but will probably wait until I've read some Amazon reviewer's opinions first.
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