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This review is from: Black Man (Gollancz S.F.) (Kindle Edition)
I bought this on a recommendation from Amazon's robots, because they'd spotted that I like William Gibson - especially the earlier, more action-y stuff. I wasn't expecting too much actually, I thought from the blurb it would be an entertainingly workmanlike cyberpunk thriller.
I'm very pleased to have been wrong.
Sure it starts out like just another Blade Runner, with slightly too much `techy' language thrown in to remind us that it's set some hundred years in the future. (Although it does certainly work well on that level. Main protagonist Marsalis can't stay out of trouble for more than half a chapter.)
As the book progresses though, its grip tightens until you can't bear to do anything else but read what happens next.
I see from some of the other reviews that not everyone liked the `twist' about two-thirds of the way through the book where Morgan, in one of the book's few talky chapters, rotates the entire plot through 180 degrees and the whole thing clicks together like a Rubik Cube. I loved it.
It reminded me of a similar pivotal scene in The Maltese Falcon, justifying the `noir' as well as the `tech' in my headline.
This book is solid entertainment, and if it really isn't Morgan's best then I'm even more glad that I've just loaded my iPad Kindle app with his entire back catalogue.
And a great ending. Not 100% original, but absolutely right.