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Target: (Tina Boyd 4) Paperback – 5 Nov 2009
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Simon Kernick has been giving the British thriller a thorough wash-and-rinse, making it clear that American writers don’t have a monopoly on uncompromising, stripped-to-the-bone crime narratives. And Target, Kernick’ latest contribution to the field, matches its predecessors in remorseless energy.
The Business of Dying, the first in his bestselling sequence of London-based novels, was crammed full of fresh and original touches in a tale dealing with a rogue policeman making short work of drug-dealing heavies. The six books by Kernick since then have maintained the momentum, and Target shows no sign of letting up.
Writer Rob Fallon, considerably the worse for wear, ill-advisedly visits the flat of Jenny, the girlfriend of his best friend. But before the guilt he’s feeling can really take hold, two men smash their way into the apartment, try to kill Rob and abduct the terrified Jenny. But when Rob attempts to report these events to the police, he finds himself in a markedly Hitchcockian situation; he is disbelieved on all sides. The doorman saw nothing, the apartment is undamaged, and Jenny’s father blithely claims she is vacationing in another country. Rob, however, won’t let things be, and begins investigations of his own; what is the nature of the cover-up? And will Rob find out the truth before the two men who tried to kill him finish the job?
This a different kind of thriller from those we now expect from Simon Kernick: more streamlined, slicker (in the best sense of that word) and with a machine-tooled narrative brio that will make it difficult for any reader to put down after the first chapter. Kernick’s upwards trajectory continues. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The pace is breakneck, the plot twists like a hooked eel... The sort of book that forces you to read so fast you stumble over the words" (Evening Standard)See all Product Description
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It's a taut tale and similar to most of his books post Relentless involves a main character that you can believe in and put yourself in their own shoes whilst events from way out of their world and comfort zone tumble down on top of them like an avalanche. What would "you" do in their shoes? I think that's been the secret to Mr Kernick's major success since Relentless in writing such a style of book. There are twists and turns in this book that leave the mind spinning and some things that you will never see coming. His best book? For me pretty much yes, on a par with the excellent Severed I'd say which I also could not put down. The trouble is now another long wait until his next new novel, at least that will be in January 2010 and not June.
I have bought a few more second hand books by this author from Amazon and I have found the service to be first class and the books to be in very good condition.
Rob Fallon goes home from a nightclub with a friend's ex-girlfriend (Jenny). They are interrupted by two armed men who break in and abduct Jenny. Rob manages to escape but when he goes to the police, he finds that there is no evidence that a crime was committed: her apartment appears untouched and her father claims she's away on holiday. Rob is in danger and desperate to get the police to believe him.
The essential structure of this book is very similar to his last (Deadline) but it's a better book. Kernick's books usually fall away at the end, but this one stays strong throughout, incorporating a stunning twist towards the end that is most unusual for this genre.
The book is what it is: if you want a fast-paced, undemanding escapist read, it's perfect.
However I felt that the action was unnecessarily fast and improbable: to the point that on at least two occasions I wondered if I was reading a dream sequence. The story is also let down by silly inconsistencies and improbabilities, from the minor (Rob loses his mobile phone but the next morning receives a phone call when he's out for a walk) to the more significant: Why would the ruthless villain not have killed Rob when he got the chance, rather than threatening him and letting him go? Jenny told Rob that she had been on a work trip the week before, but later it seemed that she was unemployed. Did she lie and if so, why?
While the book features the police officers who have made appearances in previous Kernick novels (Mike Bolt, his offsider Mo and Tina Boyd), their character development from book to book has been negligible.
I read this book on holiday and I enjoyed it very much, but its flaws anchor it in the 3 star territory for me.
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