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The Blurred Man (Diamond Brothers) Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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Anthony Horowitz's Diamond Brothers adventures, starring gormless private eye Tim Diamond and his much sharper kid brother Nick, have all the excitement of the Alex Rider books plus first-class jokes, lots of them. Adult readers will spot that they are parodies of the detective fiction of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett, and very sharply done. There are two for the price of one here, and they're certain to set young readers off in search of more. -- Andrea Reece Love Reading 4 Kids
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Red House Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in north London with his family.
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I would give this book a 5/5 full marks ***** stars. He is a great author and I love his books.
We get the usual unattractive villains, who make a very odd couple. Nick is on good form: the charity made children's wishes come true, and when the client says that Nick must have made wishes sometimes, he says "Yes. But unfortunately Tim is still here". And Nick wonders to himself whether the client would donate to his own little charity "Bankrupt Brothers of Dumb Detectives". Tim's tactless remarks in the scene where the brothers visit a witness in an institution are very funny too. There is an over the top scene in which the brothers are pursued by circus performers. Perceptive readers may pick up some clues to the solution of the crimes, others will be surprised by the revelations when the case is closed as a result of Nick's deductions.
This story contains some good descriptions of various London attractions and districts. I really like such authentic small details: I know from experience that many compartments on the London Eye are indeed empty when the day is wet and cloudy.
As I have worked for many charities and have experience of the damage that the fraudulent ones can do, "The Blurred Man" was rather painful to read, but this was balanced by the humour. I have read two Diamond Brothers stories so far, and want to read the others.
Lenny Smile, owner of the charity Dream Time, and the kindest billionaire you will meet, is going to meet up with a man called Joe Carter. But they can’t meet because a few days before they were going to meet, Lenny was run over by a steamroller. The witnesses were Rodney Hoover, Fiona Lee, the lady who lives next to Lenny, and Boris the balloon seller. A few days before the accident Lenny sent Joe a picture of himself. But it was blurry. Joe sends the Diamond Brothers, 2 detectives, on a mystery because he thinks something is odd. But when the Brothers go investigating they see Lenny Smile in the cemetery and the circus. Is Lenny alive? But people saw him get squashed flat! That is a mystery. Hint: He is not a ghost.
I think that this is a very good book and I am very excited to read the other Diamond Brothers books. This book is rated age 5+ but I think 8+ because of a couple of graphic details. The book had me gripped from the start.
The Diamond Brothers return in another humorous and equally serious plot involving murder, money, nationality and jobs in a wildly captivating tale.
The way Horowitz captures humorous storylines into an engaging crime tale is beyond me, when the stakes are high the story appears to be funnier.
This is perhaps the best Diamond Brothers story I've read.
It's consistent, engaging and not too confusing which will keep the targeted younger audiences interested.
The plot is very interesting and typical of Horowitz's crime genre style. He captures all the typical conventions brilliantly and the added use of spoken and physical humour adds a great diversity to the story.
It's a fast moving story with intriguing characters, a fast gripping plot and excitement from the beginning. Clues are dropped and therefore engages the audience to try and work the mystery out for themselves which enforces the excitement.
Perhaps lacks at points and questions of realism will be put forth but however it's a short story and is a definite read for anyone who enjoys crime mixed with humorous elements.
The set a great start to heavier crime writing - He's now moved on to "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz and it's delightful watching him so engrossed. He has made me read one or two of them to be able to share his excitement.
They are very well written and see very age appropriate for him.
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Great story line the perfect length and really enjoyable. Highly gripping with a very clever plot. Best book ever.