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Could have been called 'How to be in the wrong place at the wrong time',
This review is from: The Kills (Hardcover)
This is an excellent, literate quartet of thrillers.
As mentioned above, most of the characters find themselves in difficult, complex situations governed by forces out of their control.
Most loose ends are tidied up ok and one is left under few illusions as to the fate of the characters - 'The Massive', for example, opens with an account of the main characters' fates.
The loose ends not tidied up are fairly irrelevant and such is the author's skill that it doesn't really matter, to be honest. I would say it was best to come at these novels not expecting a neat, Hollywood ending. The reader can, to a certain extent, draw their own conclusions and fill the gaps with their own interpretation.
I took a breather between novels 2 and 3; novel 3 is quite a change in direction from the first 2 (where pretty much everything is tidied up). It was my favourite of the quartet, with Naples very well rendered. I liked the play between fiction and non-fiction, and there was a very strong sense of unease. Novel 4 is interesting geo-politically.
Well worth a couple of weeks of your time - books to linger over.