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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Headline Digital
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00821OKQY
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The young burglar's death sets in motion a chain of reactions as police, press, and, most importantly, the families of the homeowner and the youth try to come to terms with the death.
I read this immediately after reading Martina Cole's first published novel - "Dangerous Lady". The difference in style is astounding. This is a writer who has matured and who has worked at her craft ... really grafted. "The Graft" is a character driven novel. Seedy, loud, graced with language you wouldn't want the vicar to hear, this is a very well structured, very well written, and superbly paced piece of work.
Cole dismembers her characters, explores the ways in which the youth's death unhinge all their certainties and assumptions and brutally chronicles their slide into a range of personal addictions. She strips her people down to the marrow, exposing their shallowness or their strengths. As the characters struggle to understand exactly what has happened and why, they are sucked into a maelstrom of violence. The youth will not be the last to die.
A real page-turner of a novel. Gritty, gripping, a first class and highly entertaining read which I commend to anyone who enjoys a good crime story. Not a whodunit in the conventional sense, more an exploration of human frailty. Excellent!
The story starts with the death of a local villain who is killed while trying to burgle the house of local hardman Nick Leary. Nick becomes the hero of the hour after `doing what anyone would have done' when faced with a local thug with a gun in his house in the middle of the night. While everyone applauds Nick for protecting his own Nick is having trouble dealing with what he's done. For a man who maims and kills in the course of his every day why should the death of a villain like Sonny Hatcher upset him so much? That's where the real story lies.
While The Graft had the usual formula of hard men, tragedy and retribution I too felt that Cole spent way too much time focusing on the thoughts and feelings of every character and not enough time on developing the story and moving it along. Quite a big chunk of the 700-odd pages could have been omitted and nobody would have noticed. The story was there, the characters were there.....I just feel the final product was lacking. Disappointing.
A smattering of rather forced underworld argot and lots of violence don't make a novel. You need some characters you care about. The entire collection between the covers of this book combined had less depth than Ronald McDonald.
I have seen this phenomenon before. Television - and the lure of film rights - have encouraged a new breed of author that write strings of action-oriented visual cliches, not novels. I think this is a sketch for a not-very-good TV miniseries - a bit of soap opera and a bit of "hard" crime drama in equal measure.
But it's not really worth an academic debate about how good or bad it is. It's just that there are so many better things to read that I am irritated I wasted the time I did on this one.
We all have our own tastes. This may be a rivetting read for you. But if you reach, say, page 3 and are beginning to wonder if it is going to be worth it, the short answer is probably "no". Sorry.
Cole tackles important social issues in this novel. She is clever in her invitation to subject the readers' own perceptions and judgements during the evolving story. She writes in a style that encourages her predicted readers' assumptions on a particular social issue, trusting that this will prevent us from solving the mystery. Cole actually reveals the plot well before the end, so obvious really, if only we can read between the lines! I felt this was a most powerful approach, and made me think about my own assumptions and prejudices. Cole makes us realise that the powerful are also weak, and that we are all vulnerable as people. Just wait for the Achilles heel, and the "powerful" will collapse like a pack of cards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just love this author,love her books,you just cant put them down,brilliantPublished 1 month ago by bridget henderson
Another great book from Martina Cole now I have read them all cant wait for her next book .Published 3 months ago by ROBERT LAING
Read in no time at all. Up to martina's usual high standard. A great read.Published 3 months ago by john