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British crime at its best...,
This review is from: The Calling: A John Luther Novel (Paperback)
Wow...wow...wow - what a story.
The story is the written prequel to Luther (TV show starring Idris Elba). The main themes involve child abduction and murder mixed with doing the wrong thing for the right reason. The murder scenes are extremely graphic and leave a sense of fear hanging about in your mind long after you have finished the chapter.
Luther is a man of very few words but when he does speak there is a reason for his dialogue, he is intense and that intensity is apparent on most pages of the book. Neil Cross has created a character who is mostly on the side of good but Luther will cross the line to help the vulnerable - he simply will not tolerate a bully or much worse.
Cross also introduces the supporting characters with few words, he allows the reader to form their own vision of the cast. This is a page turner, flitting from character to character and introducing some enjoyable side quests.
The novel is dark and moody with very little humour although Schenk lightens the mood on occasions with his probing of Luther's mental state.
I read a lot of James Patterson in his early days and have never found a cop thriller that has excited me or kept me glued to the pages long enough to finish the last page until this.
Without doubt it is excellent and will entertain for a weekend, much better than what is on the TV - unless of course it is a re-run of Luther.