I would not recommend to a friend because there are too many other books I liked better than this one.
The main character's 87-year-old mother was a real kick. She did and said what she liked.
When the main character realized what his mother did for a living.
It inspired me to feel guilty.
When I finally realized what the book was really about, I was about a third through it, and it was sure tedious getting there. The main character is no Kurt Wallander, but he eventually shines through with admirable qualities. Overall, I think Mankell was preaching to the reader. The story is exquisitely sad.
Well, after I read it, I definitely would have. But I have since read that the main character was arrested for beating his wife, and I wonder if the whole story was a sham.
Regardless of whether the main character was accurately portrayed, the story made me realize how vital our legal intrastructure is, and how we have to have emergency preparedness to make sure people's rights are respected during disasters.
I will read future DeMille books, but this one is not among his best. The story was strained and tedious, although John Cory's humor is just as much fun.
I have already told a few friends not to bother with this one.
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