Although the narrator is quite eloquent his unexpected changes to an African American accent are disconcerting. I do not mean slang, the diction is fine, I mean minor variations such as vowel lowering, consonant clusters, etc. that would lead one to believe that an African American was speaking. It is only mildly disturbing but does have an impact on the novel. At one point you think the lead character is African American and at other times you don't. It is not restricted to the lead but moves in and out of various characters at no particular time.
The novel was excellent and I will purchase other novels by R.J. Ellory.
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