This ingenious crime novel, with its unusual 'inverted' structure and sympathetic portrait of a man on the edge, is one of the greatest works by this highly respected author.
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By Tab on 07-07-15
This book was, at best, ponderous. It's an inverted mystery, ie, we know the villain, method, etc, right from the beginning. The book is in two parts: the committing of the crime, and the very dull police procedure that leads up to the solution. I desperately hoped right up until the end that there would be some redeeming twist in the tale, something to lift it out of the humdrum, but there wasn't. The ending was as flat as the rest of the book.
The narration was bearable but not inspired, with a very slight stop/start effect that did nothing to make the book more lively.
All in all, a real dud.
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