Frankly, the gypsy culture schtick gets a little old--especially since the hero is an antique dealerwith a nice, if quirky, shop, gorgeous non-gypsy girlfriend, who is falling all over herself trying to learn how to be the hero's perfectly submissive possession, local gypsy princeling, and master detective and man of action all rolled into one. The book is a little hard on suspension of disbelief. We are supposed to believe that the hero is at once a genius antique thief/restorer/researcher, master detective, man of action, big deal in the local gypsy scene, and owner of a small, quirky antique shop. Really? On the other hand, the plot, the crime, the solution are all typical Martin Cruz Smith. If you don't mind a great thriller that requires a little credulousness, it's well worth reading.
I usually look forward to the publication of the author's books. One can rely on a carefully thought out plot and interesting characters. This book lives up to this expectation in certain respects; however, I felt that the writing was rushed. Characters were not well developed and information about the gypsys was rather sketchy. The author seemed to be trying to complete the book as quickly as possible. Rather disappointing.
I am a major fan of M.C. Smith but this one is a certified stinker. Confusing, thin and wandered. I still don't think this was written by the same man I have followed for years. Oh well, we all have to have a bad day or two.
The ultimate in escape literature. fascinating subject. simple plot. you can read with one eye closed. MCS is a skilled writer and it shows even when he is not trying. Just enough technical stuff about gypsys and antiques to hold your interest. Does a credible job on St. Pat's as well. Fun read!!!