The Skull Paperback – 1999
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We have moments of towering bathos:
""She watched him walk to the door of the bathroom, fascinated and aroused by the ripples of his slim body [...] when he returned to the bedroom he was wearing underpants."
"There was, deep down, a kind of awful logic behind placing a luxury hotel in the middle of a remote part of Derbyshire."
Self-deification via the central character:
"Against all advice and encouragement to the contrary, he had become a surveyor, and he was proud of his achievement for more than just the letters after his name."
"'Do you reckon he'll make us start again today?' asked Rufus Franklin, a Nigerian whose broad Yorkshire accent was a surprise. He had been born in Halifax and never seen a palm tree in his life."
Inappropriate (or inappropriately extended) metaphors:
"Regan was clenching and unclenching his fists rapidly, like the gills of a fish"
"The rain clawed with slippery fingers at her cloting but could gain no grip on the oily material [oilskin]"
gore pushed that phrase too far
"The impact lifted beech off his feet and sent him crashing through the window. He hung in the air for a second then dropped to the ground, the sword still trhough him. He hit the ground with a wet thud and final fountain of crimson rose, mingled with black pus."
and horrendously nonsensical compounds
"Twice he had to stop when particularly strong, wind-aided blasts shook the Land Rover" (blasts of wind??)
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