The Magazine for Crime & Mystery



Val McDermid Interview

Nevada Barr on writing HUNTING SEASON plus an excerpt

Paul Doherty's short story THE KYRIE MAN

Stark Contrasts Michael Carlson examines the pulp fiction of Richard Stark

Have you got what it takes to be a Writer? by Fiona Shoop

It Could Only Happen in Hollywood

London Boulevard

Ken Bruen

The DoNot Press £6.99

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Reviewed by Liz Hatherall

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This book has
an irritating style.
It drove me potty the first time but once you've got used to it - and tried reading the book a second time - it sort of makes sense and gives you a feel of the uncluttered, unemotional mind of our narrator. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Basic plot is newly-ex con, Mitchell, imprisoned for drunken gbh that he can't remember, trying to make a new life for himself on the straightish and narrowish. He is hampered by his 'friend' Billy, a loan shark, who expects certain favours in return for helping Mitchell re-establish himself. Mitchell in the meantime gets himself a legitimate job as handyman in the mansion of a 'resting' actress. The action picks up as we learn more about Mitchell's past life and get embroiled in his current one. And of course there's a twist at the end. I read this with horrified fascination as limbs are broken and blood spilt with a readiness that would put any hard-headed Mafioso to shame. There's sex, drugs, violence, all the right ingredients for a book which (possibly) lacks a plot. It is very readable, if you don't think too hard. I'm sure someone else will love it but it was a little too contrived and bully-boy tough for me.

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