Something Wild Paperback – 4 Nov 2002
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Something Wild is mystery set in the music business. The plot hinges on the attempt to set up a "Bowie bond" deal and Linda Davies succeeds in plotting a path through the maze so that the people who would not normally touch the financial pages of a newspaper can appreciate what is involved and the complexities of securing such a deal serve to build up the tension of the plot. The central figures of the story are a charismatic rock star - who comes across as a composite of Bruce Springsteen, John Denver and Robert Redford - an a beautiful banker, Sarah Jensen who will be familiar to readers of Linda Davies's first novel, Nest of Vipers. During the Watergate scandal in America which brought down President Nixon in 1974, the informant known as "Deep Throat" told investigative reporters to "follow the money" to get to the bottom of the mystery. This is what Something Wild does. By following a fictional Bowie bond deal it sheds new light on the world of rock music.
New, interesting plot, with angles not previously written to death by others.
Would do well not to go on and on about breastfeeding - I'd have to warn any man I recommended to read the book to persevere and read past these mostly unecessary bits. Hope she hasn't gone gooey since having her own children.
I saw the posters in the Moorgate tube station - Something Wild. I was sorry I hadn't kept up, she had another book out and I hadn't realised. Then I read the blurb - the word "rockstar" came up and I have to admit I did not divert immediately to the book shop. A rockstar? I think the choice of word puts it in a limited age group. The 40+ have rockstars. The >30 have Pop Idols. Those on their 30s, well who knows? (Maybe they have foot on both pedestals - this would be good for Davies's sales.)
I'm sorry but "rockstar" conjured up images of those popular in the 70s and early 80s - perhaps still strumming or whatever, but then, that's up to them.
Eventually I bought the book and thought "give it a try". It stands up to Davies's other books quite well, but does home in on new mothership. (First baby, not Star Trek!) There are a few passages consigned to the experiences of breast feeding; and one would have been enough to give the reader a feel for Jenks's circumstances. (The others would be better placed in a National Childbirth Trust leaflet.)
Prejudices aside I read on and on and on... It is a page turner. The workings of the city of London are key and it is a good mystery. There's just too much emotion and single family stuff to make it directly comparable to her earlier thrillers.
Just to note I am an avid reader who loves all sort of books, and is never with one on the go, this has got to be in my top 3 best reads.
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