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Incredible Story and Characters
on 24 November 2014
The Imposter is a sequel to Mark Dawson's "Gaslight" and is the second in his "Soho Noir" series, I really liked "Gaslight", but this one takes storytelling to another level. It is not really necessary to read "Gaslight" first as this book stands alone and all the characters are fully explained.
The story is set in post-war London and revolves around Edward Fabian, who returns from the war, apparently a hero, and then struggles to make a living, this sets him up as a sympathetic character, and his getting the VC only makes him more of a hero to us. However in a very clever piece of writing his real character is revealed and we find out that he is really a totally amoral, narcissistic, manipulative psychopath. What is even cleverer is that despite these character flaws being revealed the reader still roots for him and wants him to succeed.
What makes this book so special is that the other characters are as well developed as Edward's, there is Joseph Costello and the rest of his family (first introduced in "Gaslight") who used to run the whole of the London Underworld and also the betting on the Southern racetracks, but they are under attack from a new gang run by Jack Spot. Another great character is Billy Stavropolous, who sees through Edward and is drawn in a suitably creepy and weasely manner, this creates a brilliant struggle.
There are plenty of twists and turn to the story, including a neat twist in the last couple of pages, which very neatly sets Joseph up for another book if Mark Dawson decides (Yes please!)
I heartily recommend this book and have awarded it 5 stars.