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Good News Bad News,
This review is from: Good News Bad News (Paperback)
This is a well written and engaging book, but perhaps only initially engaging. There is a tendency these days for crime/spy fiction to be stretched beyond its natural limit and I began to tire of the twists and turns of the plot about 100 pages before the end. Ed McBain and Elmore Leonard Show how a tightly drawn story can be set out in 250 pages or less and some younger (or living) authors should perhaps learn from these titans. Somewhere I have seen the term tragicomedy applied to this book but whilst this may apply to many people in real life, it is difficult to create in literature in a convincing way and I believe the author essentially fails.The author is primarily involved in television and perhaps therefore this explains the general air of tired cliche. It is difficult to believe the floor of a Eurostar carriage falling out and the track in France is of course electrified by overhead wire and not by live rail. Trivial detail, possibly. Lazy writing....I think so.