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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard graft, 24 July 2006
This review is from: The Graft (Paperback)
I forced myself to the very end of this book; I naively assumed that it had to improve at some point or no-one else would have read it either. It didn't.

A smattering of rather forced underworld argot and lots of violence don't make a novel. You need some characters you care about. The entire collection between the covers of this book combined had less depth than Ronald McDonald.

I have seen this phenomenon before. Television - and the lure of film rights - have encouraged a new breed of author that write strings of action-oriented visual cliches, not novels. I think this is a sketch for a not-very-good TV miniseries - a bit of soap opera and a bit of "hard" crime drama in equal measure.

But it's not really worth an academic debate about how good or bad it is. It's just that there are so many better things to read that I am irritated I wasted the time I did on this one.

We all have our own tastes. This may be a rivetting read for you. But if you reach, say, page 3 and are beginning to wonder if it is going to be worth it, the short answer is probably "no". Sorry.
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Pete UK
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