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Fun but Superficial,
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I found the book to be fun quick read. The mystery is fairly straightforward and there's nothing new with the plot, you have a family feud, police turf wars, eco activists, the battered wife and the other woman. The only thing that sets it apart is the fact that the detective's a Singaporean Sikh investigating a crime committed in Malaysia. And even in that respect, the picture drawn of modern Kuala Lumpur is incomplete. Ms Flint drops hints of her feelings towards many Malaysian proclivities but certainly doesn't explore them enough. Nor does she delve much into the straight jacketed lifestyle of Singapore or the issues faced by Sikh's in either country. She doesn't even delve into the lives of the Malay Chinese, specially the super rich ones and the attitudes of the native Malay's towards them.
In sum, a fun but utterly superficial shot at the exotic locale mystery genre.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2010 15:03:40 BDT
Mrs F says:
no,ms Flint doesn't "delve into the strait-jacketed lifestyle of Singapore or the issues faced by Sikh's in either country"..Except,that she deals adequately with both, because this is a Detective Novel, not Nobel material, and I for one,would have just tossed it out the nearest window,if she'd decided she was VS Naipaul halfway through it ,if you want so much Delving about the Issues you seem to think are so essentially lacking in this work, why not read something that deals with those issues, and not pointlessly criticise a work of detective fiction, that you've already admitted was "a fun quick read.." I think it was pretty much, supposed to be! Bogging down a "fun quick read" with social commentary is more often than not, just boring, high -falutin and plain inappropriate a bit like your review
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