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Creeps up on you,
This review is from: Brighton Rock (Essential Penguin) (Paperback)
Graham Greene has a talent for writing stories that at first appear to be hugely plot-driven (a murder, an investigation), but turn out to be all about character. Unlike many authors, events are at the mercy of the characters, and not the other way around.
I have not read a better author when it comes to character. His ability to provide insight into every single person on view - and make their behaviour more than just believable, but actually illuminatingly, unpredictably so - is astounding.
This begins as a simple story - but stick with it and you'll find there are no easy endings or answers. The reasons that people do good or bad things are not straightforward, nor perhaps is there such a thing as an unadulterated 'good' or 'bad' act. Motives are complicated, endings are messy. Just read it.