Never Apologise, Never Explain (An Inspector Carlyle Novel) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Carlyle is attempting too much and achieving too little and he's upsetting all the wrong people - this time it could be terminal...
About the Author
James Craig worked previously as a journalist and TV producer. Born in Scotland, he has lived and worked in London for thirty years.
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The central plot involves the death of an elderly woman, apparently at the hands of her husband who insists he's innocent. Vague references to a Chilean connection with the case fail to dissuade Carlyle of the husband's guilt. In between he tries to help find a missing child, deal with the stalker of a pretty newswoman, and investigate a nasty drug ring. Not unexpectedly, things take a twist on his main case when he learns the husband is not the killer.
Carlyle is the type of hero to enjoy. He doesn't jump through burning hoops, abseil tall buildings, or shoot an MP5 out of the window in a high-speed car chase. But he gets the job done in an efficient and believable manner while juggling a domestic life with an understanding wife and a teenage daughter beginning to explore the usual adolescent boundaries.
There's a lot about this novel to keep you engrossed and interested. The initial, slightly overlong, references to what happened in Chile could have been best dealt with in a prologue, but that's almost unfair nitpicking in what is a superbly written and cosy yarn. Craig's style, pace and underlying knowledge is as good as anything you'll find in the crime genre. Judging by what lies between the covers of Never Apologise, Never Explain, the Inspector Carlyle brand deserves to sit on the shelves with the best of the modern serial detectives.
My only criticism -and the reason why I gave it four rather than five stars - is that there is so much cut and pasted from the first book which starts to irritate after a while. This is especially noticeable when reading them back to back but I'm sure that readers aren't that bad at remembering characters from a previous book even with a gap between books!!
All in all, a good read and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
However, I find I am actually unable to even finish this second book as I am appalled at the incompetence of Inspector Carlye. Not meaning to spoil the plot in any way, but if only the guy would do his job, answer his phone, follow up leads, not rush off to find food...less people would die and/or go missing.
I understand the need to develop a realistic character, but I find it unbelievable how that this one managed to join the policeforce, much less remain there and become an Inspector. He doesn't seem to care about his job or anything for that matter bar pasteries and taking his daughter to school. I therefore find it difficult to like him myself, which is totally distracting me from the plot so I'm bowing out now.
In my mind, this second book cements James Craig's place in the upper echelons of British crime writers with Inspect Carlyle worthy to take his place amongst the other great fictional detectives.
I was frustrated by this lazy writing, the inconclusive ending (again!) and the liberal use cut and paste from the first novel.
I was disappointed by this, as the plots are generally credible and Craig can obviously write when he can be bothered. I can't see me reading another in this series, which is a shame.
I'm afraid it isn't, he seems to sneer at everything and describe most scenes with a bitter edge. The main character, policeman Carlyle, turns into one of those canteen culture cops we hear so much about.
Without giving too much away he doesn't actually do very much except going around acting as a stereotypical long term copper giving opinions and not protecting the public. It makes it really annoying read.
If you want a decent read get London calling, that's ok, I doubt I'll read one of his again for fear of it being as bad as this one. Shame really cos London Calling I couldn't put down and finished in 2 days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a new author for me and it didn't quite gel for me but I will read some more of his books.Published 2 months ago by Ashes33
I have read James Craig's first 2 books and enjoyed both. His characters are well crafted and the sub plots excellent.Published 4 months ago by Paul
Good crime thriller with enough twists and turns to satisfy the reader.
If anything, the crimes sort of solved themselves which is a little disappointing.
I have read Craig s first book and was looking forward to this one. The plot-line is very disjointed, the main character seems not to care about the outcome as long as he gets his... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Traveller
First book by this author that I have read but I will be reading morePublished 13 months ago by KLM
This is the second book I have read by James Craig and I enjoyed it as much as the first. I don't normally write reviews so that must tell you something. Read on!!Published 17 months ago by Rosie