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One of Stringer's weaker excursions
on 18 July 2012
I've read and enjoyed all of the Jim Stringer stories, some of which are better than others; the two books preceding this are particuarly good. Unfortunately this is one of Stringer's less convincing investigations.
The story starts promisingly, but once Stringer arrives in Baghdad, he seems overcome by the heat and the alien culture. This is an effective device for conveying to the reader what it would have felt like to be in Baghdad then. However, as Stringer is the narrator, this leaves the reader in the lurch, and the plot doesn't progress much, until the regulator is opened wide in the final few pages, and plot makes up lost time to arrives at its destination.
I hope that Stringer's next case is more engaging.