Newton's Swing Paperback – 5 Jul 2001
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A tense, teasing novel that is part psychological thriller, part stu dy of a man on the edge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Chris Paling is the author of After the Raid, Deserters, Morning All Day and The Silent Sentry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Paling has successfully created a novel which works on many levels leaving the reader with endless questions, some of which remain after the last page has been turned.
However it was not the mystery element of the novel which lay behind my reluctance to put the book down. For me the characters (especially that of John Wayne) and relationships which Paling create leave the reader trapped into a morbid and cold world, a world where the dominant mystery element can be brushed aside but not forgotten.
Structurally the book follows events in a less than ordinary manner, by the last page the reader can put the pieces of the book together themselves and form their own conclusion.
This book is a triumph, as Paling begins to recieve the recognition he deserves for his work readers begin to gain from his "moving and thought provoking" ideas.
I love American crime novels (James Lee Burke,Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane,Philip eed, Loren D.Estelman),but this is not a crime novel,even though it has a murder and a detective.I'd call it a novel for adults.It stretches you, makes you work a little bit. And it's serious - I did not laugh till page 207. It's compelling. Art is always compelling. Entertainment is only compelling sometimes. Discovered it by a fluke one day in Borders.I usually buy after reading reviews or on a friend's recommendation, so finding and reading a book that is three times better than you expected is a great pleasure. Paling is a top man.Can't wait to read his previous novels.
I appreciate this book for it's artistic qualities, the story itself doesn't answer questions and tie up loose ends as a convential whodunnit may, but to me, that adds to it's charm. It also continues to give after you've turned the last page as you continue to wonder and think about it.