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Mart's Long Goodbye,
By A Customer
This review is from: Night Train (Paperback)
The point of Martin Amis' Night Train is that there is no point. And that pointlessness cannot be explained. Jennifer Rockwell, blonde beautiful, brain bigger than Pluto, kills herself with two bullets to the head. Why? is what Detective Mike Holihan tries to uncover. She fails, miserably. There is no why. The more she finds out, the less she knows. The great irony of this small masterpiece, I feel, is that Martin Amis has written a detective novel where there is no dénouement. Only Amis would think to do this, and know that in 1999, it is the only way to do this. There's no more happy endings. And we don't even know why. Buy this book. Ignore the critics: they've missed the point. They always do. Buy Night Train, file in-between Laughter In The Dark and The Long Goodbye. This is Philip Marlowe re-written by Philip Larkin.