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A great thriller from one of the genre's best writers,
This review is from: Split Images (Paperback)
Crime thrillers are a genre littered with serial killers and psychopaths killing massed numbers of innocents for some cryptic and deranged purpose, causing the inevitable race against time to... well you get the idea. 'Split Images' by Elmore Leonard is a brilliantly written and fast-paced thriller that would stand out on those merits alone, but one of the reasons that it manages to really do something special is that though it deals with an experienced homicide cop, beautiful reporter and a cold-blooded killer, it avoids being a flat reinterpretation of the same tired old story and instead forms an intriguing examination of motive, self-deception and the misrepresentation of violence in popular culture.
The ways that the characters in the novel justify their actions, particularly violence, is given a fair bit of the narrative space (which is always a sign that Leonard is pointing to something given how expertly minimalist his style is). The violence is random and brutal, given a little more descriptive time than normal for Leonard, again something that contributes to the plot and to the thematic side of the book equally well.
This book is smart, fast, occasionally brutal reading that has a couple of incredible plot twists that you definitely won't see coming. It's by far one of the most memorable thrillers you'll read in a long time and even if you're new to Elmore Leonard it's definitely one to check out.