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A lonely voice of dissent
on 15 December 2009
I love thrillers and all things crime related - so it is a surprise that I took so long to get to an RJ Ellory book. Maybe fate was playing appropriate tricks with me. From the outset I struggled with the writing style and the prose. It was simply overdone and to ornate for my tastes - it slowed the action down, helped to remove a sense a tension and really made the read a touch laborious.
I note that I am mostly alone in this view point however.
What this style does allow Ellory to do is create very vivid and real characters - Costello and Irving are excellent characterisations and inded the dialogue when it does get going is realistic and punchy.
All that said, I found it too ponderous to be truely enjoyable. The Cop vs serial killer gets a neat new twist with the Costello character and that prevents it from being a cliche. All in all I can't deny the talent on show, but that the style of delivery isn't for me.