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Damnation Hardcover – 1 Mar 2018
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'A terrific thriller! Smart and savvy... I had to force myself to stop reading each night.'(Mark Gimenez, author of The Colour of Law)
‘Frankly brilliant. If you're into globe-trotting action, crime and espionage, then get on it – because this is the real deal and up there with the very best of the genre.’(Robert Parker, author of A Wanted Man)
'Great storyteller'(Berner Zeitung)
'Fast, cool and laconic.'(Sakida Interviewmagazin)
'Captivates readers immediately… Swiss James Bond' (9 out of 10)(Krimikiosk)
'Great arc of suspense. … Gripping from the first page to the end'(Lebenszeit)
'Fast-paced international thriller'(Tourbillon Magazin)
'Breathtaking story … great finale'(Buch der Woche)
'Fascinating new hero...everything a good thriller needs: action, suspense and a touch of erotic'(Anzeiger von Saanen und Gstaad)
About the Author
Peter Beck studied Psychology, Philosophy and Economics in Bern, Switzerland, where he also gained a doctorate in Psychology. He was a cyclist in the Swiss Army, has a black belt in judo and an MBA from Manchester, UK. Today Peter Beck divides his time between writing the Tom Winter thrillers and helping businesses to shape their corporate culture. Damnation is his debut. He lives in Bern.
Jamie Bulloch’s translations include Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes, which was longlisted for the 2016 IMPAC award and the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke, which won the 2014 Schlegel-Tieck Prize. He lives in London.
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There are some decent action set pieces fairly early on and I could envisage some of them on the big screen. One scene on a golf green and another involving a bungee cord stick in my mind. The majority of the action takes place in Switzerland but there are some forays into Egypt and the States. So,Winter works through the clues and pieces together how the helicopter blew up and why.
As you would expect from a novel centred around the financial world, there are quite a few observations voiced by the characters about the attitude of Americans to Arab investment and about the broader aspects of the global marketplace and foreign ownership of companies and infrastructure. I found these to be very pertinent and they slotted in seamlessly. Damnation is written in the first person from Winter’s perspective. I found Winter to be nondescript and the story to be too drawn out.
The finale is grand in scale but I couldn’t reconcile the rationale behind the end game with the downing of the helicopter.
My thanks to Netgalley and One World Publications for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.