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The Unquiet Heart (Danny McRae Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is the second in the Danny Mcrae series - a likeable hero in post war London that ekes out a living as a private detective. Maimed physcially and mentally he offers genuine warmth and believability. Somehow (chance that is never fully explained or rationalised) he finds himself helping a female reporter uncover and get the scoop on crimes in London - he falls for the girl and when she goes missing he finds himself charging around Berlin and causing minor and major diplomatic situations. Set with the backdrop of the Berlin division and the formation of Israel and the politics, terrorist and prejudices that go with all of that it certainly has no limit in scope.
Ferris realises place, time and atmosphere well - the little love story that develops is done nicely and with charm. Mcrae is tough but vulnerable and the girl gutsy but cute. The first half of the book is an elongated prelude to the second and more interesting half set in Berlin and sadly Ferris fails to link that first half convincingly with the second. In retrospect it felt contrived and moulded to suit later events rather than an essential part of the thrill.Read more ›
A real page-turner by an agile and accomplished author. I loved it. A fully-recommended read.
McRae's background is London in the years just after the Second World War and his title of private detective is a somewhat superior one for the rather sleazy cases he generally gets employed to solve. The London (more accurately Bermondsey) that Ferris describes is a war-torn, gang-dominated community, whose inhabitants are often poor, lives controlled by ration-books, bomb craters and dust. A world of odd loyalties, a perfect 'noir' landscape.
The political and romantic dimensions reveal themselves in the female character of a crime reporter on a local paper, Eva Copeland, who first appears just to want McRae to let her in on some of his investigations so that she can report on them to her paper. In fact, when she disappears, it opens up a quite different can of worms. What she is actually involved in - McRae as well when he goes in search of her - is much more violent and frightening, associated in both cases with what happened to them during the war: he in a German prison camp in Dachau, she and her family as Jews under the Hitler regime. While he is prepared to forget the past and live his life in the present, she is looking to avenge the deaths of her family, lover and race and refuses to forget.Read more ›
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A little disappointed with this book. I enjoyed the earlier part of the story set in post war London, some of which I remember! The author caught the atmosphere of that time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindlelover
Gordon Ferris ,best of Detection novels, this one of his bestPublished 21 months ago by mairi smyth