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It Hasn't Aged Well....,
This review is from: The Black Tower (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
In my younger days I loved the TV interpretations of the Commander Dalgliesh series, but was disappointed at how poorly this book has aged.
The plot had lots of twists and turns and the writing is of a good standard - but you can tell it was written in 1975 (was it even ok back then to say someone had reacted like a "hysterical queer"?). BTW - the first word may not have been hysterical, exactly, as I can't find the page now. But I'm sure you get my drift.
What really turned me off was the ending. Without wishing to spoil it for anyone how the hell he came to the conclusion he did I have NO idea. It wasn't what was going on at Toynton Grange that was far fetched in so much as the story jumped so suddenly to the conclusion that I thought I'd turned a couple of pages and flicked back.
I know Dalgliesh is supposed to have this brilliant, analytical mind - but it would be nice to know what clue led him to knowing what was being traded. He seemed to have reached his conclusion purely on the basis that someone was unaccountably wealthy.
But, if you are willing to overlook some minor moans (how can a book about a tower with 8 windows on it's 3rd level have a picture on the front that no where near resembles it?) then it's a decent read. Just not for someone who was nostalgically remembering how good the TV series was....