- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2442 KB
- Print Length: 486 pages
- Publisher: C & R Crime (17 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TNPDV2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 208 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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George Gently Omnibus (Books 1-4) Kindle Edition
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The characterisation is excellent. Gently is just as portrayed on TV, though maybe more addicted to his pipe and peppermint creams; His sidekick (Bacchus on TV) is a cop of the old school, rather Jones to Barnaby ; the local inspector is a good foil and the various local characters are vivid.
Its all very redolent of the days when the Yard was called in for murders rather than dealing with them locally, a phone call required finding a phonebox, And the higher up police drove Jags.
If you like your crime more Agatha than Sweeney, read these books.
If you want books very similar to the TV series, then don't bother - just keep watching the series. If however, you can divorce yourself from the TV series, I would thoroughly recommend reading the books (or at least trying them on for size) & this omnibus is a great introduction. Although his perpetual chomping on peppermint creams irks some people(though I believe it tails off in subsequent books), Gently is a such a brilliant character...he is...well, Gently. Professional, quiet, thoughtful, with a mind as sharp as a razor & really likable. There is loads of sarcastic humour in the book and Hunter's descriptions of people, places and surroundings are superb.
The books started in 1955 & continued until 1999, virtually yearly. The books in this omnibus are therefore, set in and written in the 50's - which probably should be taken into account when reading them, as the plots may seem simplistic & maybe slightly formulaic, reading them now. I haven't read the later ones yet, but if Hunter captures the time and place in them as well as in these books, then they should be equally (if not more) entertaining.
I loved Hunter's 'Gentle reminder' in the introduction to book 1, which about sums him & the books up: 'This is a detective story but NOT a 'whodunnit'. Its aim is to give a picture of a police investigator slowly building up his knowledge of a crime...I thought it worthwhile mentioning this. I hate being criticized for not doing what I had no intention of doing'. If you want enjoyable, well crafted novels dealing in characterisation and that simmer away nicely, like a rich winter Sunday stew - trust me, you could do alot worse.
'They marched laboriously through soft, dry sand, the cynosure for an increasing number of eyes. Dutt led the way, the Teddy boys followed, and Copping and Gently brought up the rear. Under the pier they went, where the sand was cold and grey. A forest of dank and dusty piles enclosed them in an echoing twilight'.
Take out all the description and you are left with a pamphlet not a book.
The TV series did not, in opinion, do the books justice. A brilliant read, just about to download some more.
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