The New York Trilogy:
3 journalers for this copy...
"A shatteringly clever piece of work"
"Seductive metaphysical thrillers"
"(NYC) becomes a strange, compelling landscape in which identities merge or fade and questions serve only to further obscure the truth"
In hindsight, I should have been suspicious right there before starting to read this book, nay, before even buying it. Words like ‘obscure’, ‘strange’ and ‘metaphysical’ have no place in reviews of fun books. In future I will look for ‘satisfying’, ‘funny’, ‘heart-warming’, maybe? I like ‘clever’, and enjoy having to think a little to follow a plot and appreciate underlying philosophies, but ‘shatteringly clever’ - what does that mean even??
Anyway, back to my review. This book consists of 3 separate detective stories (novellas really), although they are linked, but you don’t begin to see how until well into the 3rd. And even then, its all very confusing (well it was for this ‘Bear of Very Little Brain’!); familiar names crop up, events & characters get muddled together, time stretches & contracts and the poor reader loses all sense of perspective. In the end I didn’t see the point of it all? I didn’t feel any empathy with the main characters of each story, all 3 ‘tecs’ are similarly middle-aged, unsympathetic, flawed men, although we are led to believe that the first 2 are fiction, and the third ‘real’ – I don’t know really, I could care less! Sorry, maybe I wasn't in a very perceptive mood?
Too many books! I think some of mine got picked up...should do wonders for my releasing & catching figures :)
Released 15 yrs ago (9/24/2004 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Going into the Col Mustard crime bookbox
Releasing shortly as part of the 52 towns in 52 weeks challenge.
Don't know the name of the hotel but does nice pub lunches!