Friday, June 30, 2006

Books: ratcheting up the criminal sophistication

Crikey people, don't go to Brighton. Peter James has churned out another of his thrillers, making it the murder capital of Europe. I was barely finished reading the last one when we bumped into eachother in the foyer and he mentioned his book signing for this one. (And there is another one in the series due - probably next weekend at the rate he's writing.)

In much the same way as the writing must have done, this book starts about a week after the previous book finished. Superintendent Roy Grace is still fighting the flack from the last book's car chase when a body turns up, minus a head and plus a mysterious beetle.

The writing is a bit formulaic - as the genre tends to be - but Peter ratcheted up the sophistication of the villains in the twenty minutes betwen books. This story is a frightening adventure into international internet based reality porn rings, and their utterly ruthless perpetrators. The pace of the story rapidly accelerates until the final few chapters as Grace and his team race the clock to prevent the next murder victims facing their fate live on streaming video.


Blogger SK said...

I love the murder mystery crime legal dramas, but you're right, they are so predictable. I'm beginning to think that once you have one 'best-seller', they write a computer program that allows you to input a few variables and it whips out a book.

I down about a book a day and friends are always asking me to recommend books. I find that at least 85% of them aren't worth the paper they are printed on.

Monday, July 03, 2006 3:57:00 PM  
Blogger Damian said...

Don't get me wrong, it's a good book. But some people (a minority, if you ask the book sellers) are just so turned off by the crime genre that they can't see the story. I think this book is better than his last one, and I can't wait to read Not Dead Enough, his next one.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 4:46:00 PM  

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