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5.0 out of 5 stars Knuckle dusting film noir introducing a very memorabe double act, 9 July 2012
This review is from: The Blue Hour (The Churchill and Wade Mysteries Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This concept has huge potential for an ongoing series of books. 'The Blue Hour' features two very distinct and well defined characters in Gideon Wade and Alex Churchill and a film noir grittiness that gets under the fingernails but the prose is slightly let down by the need for a good editor and proof-reader (I have since been informed that the revised release has been proofed and corrected and my comment here regards the original draft I was kindly allowed to read). The opening effectively uses tight and spare prose, suggesting a series of dissolves, as Wade and Churchill meet and gradually appraise each other. With that in mind, the book has a very rich and often pleasing visually descriptive style and Hulse uses Churchill's point of view to achieve this in a sophisticated and witty manner and perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the book.

While the book wears its influences on its sleeve - 'Chinatown', 'Get Carter', a dash of 'The Sopranos' and, dare I say it, a nod to 'The Professionals' - the plot is gradually and tantalisingly developed when Wade is 'granted' an audience with Nic Scarlioni, an elderly Mafioso looking for his grandson. We also get an insight into Churchill's ex-police background but Wade's circumstances are shrouded in mystery and it is Churchill's attempt to peel away the layers and find out about this man that keeps the reader interested.

There are some brilliant set pieces and memorable supporting characters, featuring highly descriptive and graphic violence, that eventually lead us into a plot filled with international intrigue and that touches on some real-world issues but it will be the enjoyable Wade and Churchill double act that will keep you turning the pages and the suggestion of the supernatural that adds a welcome twist to the story.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2012 22:28:55 BDT
eBook Lover says:
Thanks for the great review and I would like to assure the reviewer and anyone else, that since it's original release this book HAS been proofed and edited. Sorry you did not get to read the revised version.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2012 23:10:38 BDT
F. Collins says:
Excellent news and thanks for taking the time to clarify that.
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