- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Switchblade Press Ltd (1 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957515200
- ISBN-13: 978-0957515208
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,009,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bad Seed Paperback – 1 Feb 2013
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Once in Spain, things go from bad to worse for our guilt-ridden hero. The plot twists and turns like the Alpujarran mountain ranges of its setting. It picks up along its way a myriad cast of characters who just won't let Blake forget his past ...
Who is this James B Goodwin? Why haven't I heard of him before? He's produced a real page-turner, and I'm left waiting for the sequel.
They provide the focus for this thriller, which is centred around an Englishman who has invested in the industry after fleeing to Spain to escape the consequences of a crime he has committed. We learn about that crime in the first sentence, and the action continues to move briskly throughout the book. The tension builds impressively, as we meet the Spaniards who have been catapulted into wealth by the industry, the Moroccans who sweat in the tunnels, and some English hippies whose idleness contrasts with both. As the plot develops, it brings in other themes, such as GM crop modification. The central plot device - what Alfred Hitchcock used to call the MacGuffin - manages to combine three of the moral panics that currently obsess us, or have recently done so. That is one or two too many for my taste, but it keeps the plot briskly moving towards its climax.
Goodwin's real achievement is to create characters for whom we want things to go well, and to place them in a succession of situations where we fear that things won't go well, so that we keep wanting to turn the pages to find out. The writing gives a good sense of place, and the countryside and towns around Almeria are well described. But this doesn't interfere with the action, and the pace never lets up. It's one of the best thrillers I have read.
Set against this mucho macho plot-line is the story of Kate, a girl with a conscience and a chemistry degree. Worried that the Moroccan greenhouse pickers are getting sick, Kate get a job in the bio-technology lab that tests the growing methods in the invernaderos, and finds she has poked a hornets' nest. Fortunately Blake is there to help her confront the bad guys. But who are the bad guys, exactly? The unexpected answer comes after a gripping shoot-out set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Pacy, racy, and atmospheric, Bad Seed is impossible to put down. More Blake thrillers, please.