This is a good mystery from another culture. The characters are interesting and idiosyncratic. Although the policeman with a drinking problem is a cliche. It is a well written book but it could have been an hour shorter.
The protagonist in this book is the kind of arrogant and oafish policeman who is a minor character or irritant in other stories. We learn how he got that way and how he matures as a person and gains some empathy. The story itself has good twists. It is also interesting to learn something about Iceland an obscure country for Americans. Its a good police procedural with cautionary lessons about greed, recklessness and the lasting effects of damage. All this without being preachy.
This is a story of political corruption, intrigue, murder, Irish immigrants, adultery and New York in the 40's and 50's. That's a little too ambitious. Some of the street scenes and crowd scenes are overwritten and transparent attempts to be evocative. Surprisingly, the scenes in Mexico are very evocative of a lost time. Many of the characters, especially the gangsters are vividly described. But at times the book seem to veer into being a romance novel. It is not a bad book, just a little sprawling. The solution to the central mystery was clever but took so long, it was not that surprising.
A great, intricate, psychologically sophisticated story beautifully performed., The reader nailed the various European accents and English class accents. The story is very artfully told and structured.
This was an exceptionally good read. The story and characters are original. The book does not shy away from the racial, sexual and economic tensions in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Or the same tensions experienced by adolescents and young adults. As performed, the dialogue has an authentic ring. Most of the characters are damaged-the way life damages everyone--but many are trying to do their best. There is a dose of "magical realism" but it serves the story. I think endings make or break a book and I found this book's ending satisfying.
This is a police procedural where whodunnit is not as important as why dunning. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy it, but I soon got hooke and appreciated the plot twists and characters with there real life hangups and problems in addition to the stress of solving murders. A well crafted and well executed book.
This is an engrossing, well written police procedural. Its much better than most procedurals. It has intriguing story elements and interesting characters, Even the secondary characters are interesting and drawn well. Part of the story takes places in Estonia and the author seems to know the country. The reason I do not give it 5 stars is that the ending was a little disappointing.
This is a great spy story set in post-war Turkey. It has all the intrigue, betrayal and deception you expect from a spy story along with the mysterious atmosphere of Istanbul. I found the characters original and interesting. The protagonist is presented with the type of moral dilemma usually found in literary novels. Unlike some recent mysteries and spy stories, this one kept my interest throughout and it worth your time. The narration takes a little getting used to but the cadence fits the author's prose.
This is a multilayered story told from multiple points of view. There are no superagents-save perhaps a sexy black woman US Spy--rather everyone on all sides are vulnerable and flawed and under pressure from somewhere. In this respect it is a realistic story. It is a thinking persons spy novel. There are many plot twists and most of them are surprises. The reason it does not rate 5 stars is that it goes on a little too long.
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