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Dark, gritty police procedural set in Eastbourne.
on 10 June 2014
By far the strongest elements of the story are those based around police procedure. That's no surprise considering Tin Larrick was a police officer. I'd also have to mention the scene setting. Devil's Chimney is set in and around Eastbourne and Larrick brings atmosphere and credibility to his plot by setting his novel in an area he's obviously familiar with.
So; the setting's good, the police procedure is well handled and there's certainly enough pace and grit to keep the reader hooked.
What lets the novel down are the far reaches where Larrick struggles to fit the pieces together smoothly. He opts for explanations that don't work and in some places events become forced which can make the plot seem contrived and somewhat unbelievable.
Not a bad read but not a great read. Will appeal to those who enjoy a darker, fast paced crime thriller that's easy to read and doesn't offer many challenges.