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4.0 out of 5 stars "Dusk do sprawl ", 16 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Shadows Still Remain (Paperback)
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I,ve never got how co-authors work . Is the dynamic 50/50? Does one of them , based on seniority probably, have ultimate veto over the material ? The reason i mention this is that Peter de Jonge ( not the most promising name for a thriller writer it must be said) has co-authored three books with best selling bloke James Patterson but this is his first solo effort.
Now i have never read anything by James Patterson so the blurb on the book that says hilariously " As good as James Patterson or your money back " doesn't really appeal to me .What i will say is that if James Patterson's books are anywhere near as good as "Shadows Still Remains " I will be reading them all.....very quickly indeed. This is a cracking thriller.
Too often thriller writers, well too many writers of all genres in truth, indulge in needless character exposition that anchors the narrative rather than propelling it forward. There are no such problems with Peter De Jonge who writes with a lean mean style that mirrors his main protagonist mean lean NYC cop Darlene O'Hara who is investigating the torture/murder of a glamorous student. Like Ellmore Leonard, like George P Pelecanos, like Don Winslow De Jonge gets to the nitty gritty of every scene with nothing extraneous. That's the way to write thrillers .
The book is not without flaws. Too many characters are drawn with broad strokes( an inherent flaw with the lean mean style maybe?)and in the case of the obese grouchy captain who wants things done his way or not at all a walking ( or should that be a waddling ) cliché. O'Hara though is a compelling character ,not without flaws herself , not least of which is her love of awful heavy metal. (She has named her son Axl after the screeching singer of Guns,N,Roses ) The twist ending is a little hard to swallow as well ,though it's not one that is easy to see coming .
Overall though this is a pacy relentless thriller with a grip like a pneumatic vice. Here's hoping Patterson's next book has the tagline As good as de Jonge or your money back.
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