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Poorly written but saved by a decent story.
on 14 July 2014
I just about enjoyed this but be warned, the book has a lot of flaws. The characters are paper thin (most given about a paragraph of personality) and all of them are walking cliches. Each piece of the story is advanced not through sequences of thrilling action, or tense sections or even characters actually really doing anything, rather each time Carter wants the story to go further, the two main detectives just talk about it a lot. It's exposition overload and actually quite annoying. Also, I spotted a few typos and numerous grammatical errors, which surprised me, and though while hardly a deal breaker do take you out of the story from time to time. The way some of the dialogue plays out is also laughable and in no way representative of how actual people talk.
It is however saved by a decent storyline. The killer is, although not very original, quite interesting, and the motive is good. The murders are clever and quite nasty, and it all make sense, and this just about balances out the flaws. I'll read the next because I accidentally bought the fourth book without reading the first 3, but if his style is just characters standing around talking about things rather than actually doing things in the next book, I may cut my losses.
PS. Don't bother with the prequel. Carter pretty much dismisses the preppy, elegant Hunter character in it for a new, rough talking alcoholic one that shares a name and not much more with the prequel Hunter.