Wavewalker (Five Star) Paperback – 15 Mar 2001
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?Clever, cunning and careful to avoid the obvious, Wavewalker is a real treat? Val McDermid ?It is a pleasure and relief to read someone who is not only first-class but also thoroughly in tune with today?s attitudes, feelings and language? The Times ?A feisty little page-turner guaranteed to keep you up all night? Big Issue
About the Author
Born in London and raised in New Zealand, Stella Duffy is the author of ten novels, over thirty stories, and eight plays. Her novel State of Happiness was longlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize, and she is currently writing the screenplay adaptation for the feature film production. With Lauren Henderson she co-edited the anthology Tart Noir, from which her story Martha Grace won the 2002 CWA Short Story Award. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4, in sitcoms, plays and quizzes, and is a performer with comedy company Spontaneous Combustion and theatre company Improbable. She is an occasional guest with the Comedy Store Players.
Top customer reviews
Even when we think that the mystery has been solved, Duffy surprises us with further action, and an explosive ending that will take all readers by surprise. There is no 'clean-cut, no loose ends' approach that is often the case with this genre, but instead the reader has a sense that these sorts of events could happen in the real world, where doing what is right has nothing to do with what is moral or legal.
Saz Martin is a convincing central character, and much of the novel is regarding the development of her new relationship with Molly. Whilst Duffy does not shy away from their relationship, she is successful in making the depictions of lesbian sex appear in a manner that is not gratuitous.
This book builds upon the first of the novels involving Saz (Calendar Girl), and further paves the way for a strong series.
I do worry about the PI-doctor combo as it bears such a close resemblance to the Lindsay Gordon novels by Val McDermid! In addition to this both of them take a less graphic, more witty/relaxed road through the road of crime fiction. In Ms Duffy's defence Molly doesn't play as big a role in Saz's crime-fighting life as Sophie tends to do in Ms McDermids books..
All that said, I did get hooked and read the book through in a couple of sittings. Has contradictory as it sounds I don't think it was a very gripping mystery. One knows who the bad and good guys are from the get go (or maybe its just me)but there is something about the way it all unravels that kept me reading. The writing is lovely and easy to read. The book isn't so long I lost out on work and isn't too short to feel cheated. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an easy on the brain crime book that to keep them occupied for a few hours.
Son enquête sur ce fameux docteur la mène jusqu'à San Francisco et nous offre un beau bouquet de personnages pas toujours très équilibrés.
Le personnage « Wavewalker » est une belle trouvaille, complexe, torturé mais pas si inhumain.
Le dénouement est un feu d'artifice...noir.
Ah, j'allais oublier : c'est ici que l'on rencontre Molly : LE grand amour de Saz. Une Saz qui conserve sa gouaille et apporte au roman une bonne dose d'humour.
Un excellent bouquin donc, agrémenté d'une belle réflexion sur l'amour sous toutes ses formes : le vrai, le fou, le maladif, le compulsif, le mortel. Peut-être mon préféré des 5.
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