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Bone Machine (Joe Donovan Book 2) Kindle Edition
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What we've got here is a serial killer novel/ gangster romp. The setting is Newcastle Upon Tyne, albeit the back streets and brothels of the city. We follow Joe Donovan and his quirky crew, an investigative journalist with a zeal for uncovering the truth. He's on the case of Michael Nell, a suspected killer. But a nose for trouble draws Joe & co into all sorts of bother with the local crime boss.
Written by Martyn Waites, one half of the Tania Carver writing partnership, I knew I was in for a good time with this one. Waites' writing style here is much the same as Carver's: short sharp prose, so stripped back that it's almost indecent; gritty setting and characters, with a splash of humour just to wash it all down. It's my kind of writing. I flew threw all 481 pages within little under a week, proving this to be a page-turner, albeit a little more cluttered a read than Carver's work. There's plenty of suspense, a few twists and turns, and a splash of horror for a gorehound such as I. My only criticism is how easily Waites made it to identify the killer.
Bottom line: if you like your crime pulpy and earthy, look no further.
Intelligent and complex, not just your average serial killer thriller.
Waites writes with conviction, passion and righteous anger. And knows
how to tell a good story. I read his first Joe Donovan novel, The
Mercy Seat and loved it, but I think this is much better. He's
developing the characters in this series really well and I can't wait
for the next one. If he keeps this up it'll be one of the best crime
series currently being written in this country.
[...] The killer's motives made perfect sense and if he
want's to know why the book's called Bone Machine then just go to page
The book's marketed as a serial killer thriller - but that element is the weakest link...not wholly unsatisfying - but not the main thrust - which is a really nifty human trafficking tale. The Historian is killing women and up to some devilish scheme linked to the history of Newcastle. This scheme never really becomes clear. All ends aren't tied at the climax and to be honest - you never find out why the book's called Bone Machine....unless it's so subtle I missed it.
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