Rage Against the Dying would have been a much more thrilling read if Masterman had spent more time on the story and less time developing the relationships of her characters and trying to make their lives sound interesting I found nothing particularly compelling about the relationship between the main character and her husband which eventually became just tedious. I also think that too much effort was spent trying to make the case that the above 50 segment of the population can still be sexy and enjoy sex. If anyone has any doubt about this Helen Hunt in the movie Sessions does a far better jog of making this point. The idea of a tough older woman succeeding in what is very much a macho mans world, like the FBI, could make for interesting lead character but this book didn't quite get there.
Ian Rankin's characters are so believable because they are, like all of us, so flawed while at the same time trying to be so decent. You do not so much as empathize with them as identify with them and the never ending struggle to be decent in an indecent world. Hide and Seek was no exception and whether you are a devoted fan or a new comer you will be very very pleased with his effort here. Thank you Ian and just keep writing. You help your readers to be a little more human and you can't ask for more from a book.
Rankin writes with bare knuckles so every character hits you like a body blow but I always come back to Rebus with all of his virtues and all of his flaws as my favorite
Not a bloody thing.
You write them Ian and I'll read them. Thanks pal.
Adrian McKinty is possibly the best writer working in this genre today. This book seems to be the result of the hard realities of life that McKinty absorbs and weaves into stories that enthrall and sometimes shock. His dialogue is as raw as peeled shrimp and just as pungent. Best of all though are his characters who posses the complex and conflicting natures that make them so likable and deplorable at the same time. Fifty Grand isn't a book as much as it is an experience, one that will leave a more in tune with human nature than you were before you read it. It is utterly refreshing to read a suspense novel that does not have formula at its very soul. Adrian McKinty I thank you for giving us a work of originality that entertains and informs. Anyone who thinks other wise is an eedjit.
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