In this masterful novel, Graham Swift takes us inside Webb's mind. For one dazzling day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thinking reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; his changing relationship with his once-renegade daughter; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall from grace as a cop; the unexpected ease with which he has turned his police-learned skills to the more delicate demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in silent league with the fateful client, a woman he has come to love.
Fascinating in its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, tender and humorous, intense and suspenseful, The Light of Day is a tour-de-force journey into human emotions.
© 2003 Graham Swift; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"He is a writer of immense gifts." (The Washington Post)
very difficult to follow....wouldn't order it again if I had the chance. It would be a book that I would return to the library before finishing.
Dribble. I am typing words on a keyboard. Funny, it's a QWERTY keyboard that has lots of letters on it that when one presses while thinking random thoughts might describe a trip to the grocery store or the restroom or what ever dribble may be in someone's head at any given moment. This is what this "masterfully crafted" book was to me. If reading this book was getting into someone's mind, I could not get it out of sight and out of mind fast enough. End of Dribble.
We are asked to believe that the detective, on the basis of having a cup of coffee with his client (the soon to be murderer of her husband), is permanently committed to the woman. We leave the book with no understanding of why the woman murdered the husband nor why the detective fell so in love with her.
I might give him a try, because the writing itself was very good.
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