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A bit too contrived.,
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This review is from: Uncommon Enemy (Hardcover)
There can be no doubt that Alan Judd's talents as an author are firmly in place. He writes with a clarity and simplicity that beguiles. His series featuring his protagonist Charles Thoroughood are all good examples of well written prose that nips along with apparent ease.
His third outing follows Thoroughood in a convoluted plot that stretches the boundaries of credulity just a little too far. Judd's pedigree as a former Foreign Office diplomat and chronicler of our security services led me to expect a more grown up plot.
The new deputy head of a Judd's imagined combined security service was so clearly a `wrong `un' one wondered how such a man would ever have achieved his position. Thoroughood's link to an offspring was also too much of a coincidence to be believed and even more doubtful that any security service worth its salt would sanction such a link.
All this was a shame because the book promised much but failed to deliver a credible plot.