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5.0 out of 5 stars As soon as I saw this book I had to have it, 31 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Burning Man (A Gideon and Sirius Novel) (Kindle Edition)
As soon as I saw that this book was available I downloaded it and I haven't been disappointed. The first time I heard of Russell was in a Michael Connelly book several years ago (Connelly in turn gets his own mention in this book) and for me these two writers bear comparison. Unfortunately up until now, Russell's books have not been widely available in this country

I like a crime novel to be well-written and not too violent and Russell provides a book that is both. The novel has two "heroes" in it (maybe three if you count Lisbet, the main female character) not just Gideon the detective and narrator but just as importantly Sirius, his dog. Fortunately (I speak as a dog owner) Sirius is allowed to be a dog and act in that way although he is definitely a partner to Gideon rather than a subordinate.

The book has three crime stories interwoven and while the first provides both the title from Gideon's nightmares about his escape through fire ("That's how it is with me. I keep burning. I am the burning man")and the manipulative eminence grise on death row, to me it is the discovery of the abandoned baby at Angel Flight which is the core of the book.

Burning Man is also set against a background of the Santa Ana winds. To quote Chandler, "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge." The craziness of the Red Wind seems still to exist.

Do I think it's a good book? I was given Ian Rankin's latest book at Christmas and it had to wait for me to finish this novel, that's how good it is. And just to back that up I've already downloaded "Multiple Wounds" and "Shame," his other two books that have just been released on Kindle in the UK.

I'm glad to see that the book is getting good sales, Russell deserves to be much more widely known. Perhaps this will be the catalyst.

Two final comments. First, read the interview between Russell and Connelly at [...] secondly Alan Russell is a tremendously funny man, try reading "No Cats, No Chocolate" and "Road Kill" the stories of Russell and Ken Kuhlken on the book signing trail, they had me laughing.
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