But doubts are soon raised. Bryan's laptop has gone missing - could the murder be connected to a biography he was writing on the life and mysterious death of 50s screen legend Stella Leonard? Convinced there's a link, Bryan's sister Lesley sets out to prove that Bryan had uncovered a dangerous truth.
But soon both Lesley and Helen Walker find themselves victims of the violence that swirls around them, as gradually the investigation uncovers the secrets of a family corrupted by lust, wealth and power.
©2007 John Harvey; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
I saw this title listed among the works of several authors up for a crime-writing award and decided to give it a try. Thanks to uneven pacing and shoddy narration, I don't think I'll be reading another John Harvey book for a while. I gave this two stars because I found I needed to finish the book; beyond that, there is little to laud. The plot drags for much of the book, only to cram too much into a scene seemingly to make up for lost time. I came away feeling that the author treated themes around abusive relationships and the emotions that fuel them with little real depth. The narration, too, detracts from the book: somehow most sentences end with an inflection that kept making me think the narrator thought there was a selacious hidden meaning in every paragraph! Dialog is also overdone at several points, turning an argument between a married couple into something sounding like children sniping at one another. I'll stick with Reginald Hill and Peter Robinson!
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