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Short people got nobody to love
on 28 February 2014
There's lots to object to in this nasty violent tale of kidnappings, torture and serial murder. Where to start? There's the cliched damaged heroine who gets her revenge by being even more brutal than her abusers. The lingering over her capture and torture. The one-note cop characters: this one's rich, this one's a cadger. The total lack of humour or wit.
But for me the final straw in this pile of old fashioned weirdness was the author's baffling emphasis on the height of his lead detective. So this guy's 4ft 11ins. That's not exactly abnormal. It's not a handicap or a humiliation, as the Prix Concort and CWA prize winning author would have it. He's just a bit short! And what does this add to the plot? Nothing except an opportunity for a bit of sniggering at how his feet dangle from the chair and don't touch the floor. Unreconstructed attitudes pretending to be something more sophisticated.