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Embrace the darkness!
on 12 August 2013
Another cracking, page turning Ryan Kyd adventure from Roger Hurn! This is a fast paced, exciting thriller in which the hard boiled London private detective peels away the facade and penetrates corruption at the highest echelons of the political world. I loved the previous Ryan Kyd story but think the author has written an even better one here. This is a thoroughly entertaining and darkly thought provoking read.
So in what ways is it better? First of all the introduction of the feisty Carly Bloom as Ryan's sidekick is inspired. She is a sharply drawn and sharply spoken character who delights in puncturing Ryan's occasional arrogance. The chemistry between them sparks and, once again, Roger Hurn has created a character and a relationship which has enormous potential for development in future cases. Incidentally I loved the characters of the two girls who were Carly's friends - hilarious! More of them in future cases please!
Secondly the plot has greater depth and complexity. It is far darker and, once again, the author explores ambivalent and ambiguous moralities; there are no neatly tied up, comfortable resolutions here: Roger Hurn hits hard and doesn't pull his punches.
The story contains two superb set pieces as the narrative reaches its climax that I won't go into - no spoilers here! Suffice to say, Roger Hurn's style is very visual and cinematic. The pacing is superb - it is very hard to stop reading at the end of each chapter, one is compelled to read on! Perfect for a Kindle single.
The language and dialogue crackles and contains the exaggerated similes of a Chandleresque character, this is clearly a strength of the author's. Some of his similes caused me to laugh out loud!
I really like the way Ryan exemplifies the cynicism of someone who has witnessed the corruption of the financial, commercial and political worlds; and yet Ryan is not purely an anti hero, we know that deep down it's because he cares, this is revealed through his interjections and observations to the reader. Here we have a potential Marlowe or Hammer for London in the 21st century.
My only frustration is that having read this one I genuinely want to go straight on to read more of Ryan and Carly's cases but will have to be patient! A resounding 5 stars!