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4.0 out of 5 stars I hate to disagree with the majority but...., 4 Jun. 2004
This review is from: The Lonely Dead (Hardcover)
Apart from the lack of MMS style snappy humour (probably due to being Bobby-less which was a shame, but the man can't be funny ALL the time), I actually enjoyed this one much more than The Straw Men. I can't really say why, but I guess I liked the character development and I found the pace racier. The set pieces were more low-key and subtle, the underlying emotions and tension were skilfully revealed. And I disagree about the lack of suspense - we obviously know that Paul is involved somewhere along the way, but it is not clear how until the final chapters.
Yes, The Straw Men was scarier, but I don't think that that was due to lack of suspense in this one.
Of course, it could just be that I have got more used to the different genre of writing now - having been a fan of his earlier works it was a bit difficult to get my head around a modern day crime/conspiracy/horror novel. I'm warming to it, but I'd still like to see a return to his previous style for his next novel before reading a sequel to this (if, indeed, there will be one).
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