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You'll Love It!,
This review is from: The Unburied Dead (Thomas Hutton Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
" The Unburied Dead," by the acclaimed Douglas Lindsay (of the Barney Thomson crime series), is irresistible right from its opening sentence. Set is Glasgow, the novel is hard-boiled and unsentimental, yet quirkily funny--the more pisssed-off protagonist detective Thomas Hutton is, the funnier the story gets.
Author Lindsay is a shrewd observer of human nature; he understands how a roomful of people telling each other off can somehow speak well of humanity. Hutton drinks too much and his marriage is in trouble, but he just keeps perking along as best he can, with no illusions that life necessarily gets any better. As he comments at one point, the sooner everything gets messed up, the sooner he can get on with living. And the serial killer is a three-dimensional character depicted realistically, without moralizing. He is a fellow human, walking the streets beside us everyday. We see him strike, and we also see him miss. When he attacks his targets beyond what is needed to kill them, we understand why.
This is one of those books that makes you feel sorry when it comes to an end, though you'll hope that whatever else is wrong with the world and with humanity, Lindsay will write more books.
Jon P. Bloch
(The Kindle Book Review)