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Sharp, swift,involved thiller with a layer of LA Noir,
This review is from: Grave of Angels (Paperback)
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Central character Kate Malick is a professional security operative to celebrities in LA. She is someone with a past, with a past, as is revealed throughout the book in easily digestible portions. In short a headstrong runaway became a nun, failed at that and is now a tough worldly and street wise woman operating in the darker heartless side of LA, yes we are in Raymond Chandler territory, but Michael Prescott's style is faster (the narrative takes place in less than two days) and the twists and turns are not so challenging to follow.
Basic plot, spoilt star and serial train wreck Chelsea Brewer is a handful to keep out of serious trouble, separated parents of said girl are in denial over her behaviour, her reckless style makes her an easy target for kidnap by a seriously dangerous professional killer Swann, who is apparently being paid by someone else but has his own agendas (yes agendas, this man thinks several steps ahead all the time). This becomes a duel of wits between Malick and Swann not just over Chelsea Brewer, but into just who is hunter and hunted. This in itself is captivating, but there are a series of classic Noir characters; the sleazy, the violent, the loyal, the tragic, the vain and the chancers, some of whom are beyond redemption, others who might just come out wiser. These weave in and out of the narrative each with their important part to play. No more about the plot that would not be fair, for this is a very good page turner and you need to enjoy the proverbial thrills, spills and twist yourself.
I found the central characters interesting in that they were not the cardboard or plastic types in lesser put-together books. Malick has emoitional scars, but not cynical, still something of a compassionate idealist looking for sense in the world. Swann is deeply disturbing but thank you Mr Prescott, he is not one of these cod-philosophy spouting serial killers of young women or defenceless. This man can take it as well as dish it out. Not a likeable villain though, he has no saving graces. He sees himself as a predator simple as that. Chelsea, of course is annoying to begin with, but as the book progresses I began to hope she made it safely, she has some redeeming qualities even with parents like hers! Also a layer of tough resourcefulness.
Michael Prescott worked as a film script writer and this shows in his sharp precise chapters which read almost like scenes from a film. A bit like your favourite DVD, scene by scene with commentaries. The style works very well, read the book over a 24 hour period and did not find one dull page. Very good entertainment. If you like this genre you will not be disappointed, if I like me looking for something of a change, try it out.
And finally, just as an extra appetiser, without giving anything away, I truly enjoyed the `Huh! Wha? Oh my!' instance towards the end of the book. To know what I mean you will have to read it.