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I read about a quarter of this book and couldn't read anymore, I had to really concentrate to keep my eyes on the page to stop myself from drifting away and staring into space it was that slow and drawn out.
Example: the killer signs his name Arybdis on the poems he sends to old school chum of David (retired NYPD homicide detective) and it takes David's wife Madeleine to work out that Arybdis is Greek. And how does she come to this? Well, she goes to a concert with her friend and was suffering through one of the atonal atrocities in the second half of the concert, thinking that some modern composers must really hate the cello. She was wondering why you would force a beautiful instrument to making such painful noises, horrible scraping and whining. But couldn't leave be because she needed to give her friend a lift home. So she started figuring out her Christmas card list, so she took her pen and on the top of the programme wrote "Xmas cards" and every time she see's that abbreviation it reminds her of little Tommy Milkakos. So here she delves into a drawn out story about her childhood friend (and how he had a crush on her and so on and so on...) and how she was screamed at by Sister Immaculata for the abbreviation, the sister believing that writing Xmas is purposely X-ing Christ out of Christmas when little Tommy jumped to her defence saying it wasn't an X, it's a Greek letter. It's the same as an English Ch. And of course little Tommy Milakos was Greek so everybody knew he was right. And so it goes on, she then starts to work out that the X in Arybdis is probably a Ch. I've shortened that thread of the story, it actually goes on for 9 pages (on a kindle) !!!