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David Leitch

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Enjoyable police procedural set in Japan

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Reviewed: 23-11-2020

Set in the USA or England this still would be a respectable story. Set in Tokyo it becomes most enjoyable. The anti heroine is not quite fully credible and the plot seems to be in two minds at various points but you have to have read and listened to as much detective fiction as me to make a point of it and if you had you would forgive the author for the humanity of the story.

Classic procedural with Japanese spice

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Reviewed: 13-10-2020

Well written plot, albeit with some loose ends. Strong characters and above all like many good detective stories it provides a travel and cultural insight. I've been to Japan a few times and this book was only missing some scenes at the "communal baths" Action scenes well done, dialogue mostly ok, story mostly stayed on point and dragged only occasionally. I will listen to the author's other offering here on audible. Minor characters were well drawn and definitely made the book better. For many authors good development of minor characters is a sign of overall quality. I would say about the same standard as early "john rain" but with more realistic characters and perhaps better feel for Japan, or at least Japan as I perceive it.

Well written

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Reviewed: 04-06-2019

The author has a lot of sympathy for female characters, captures the feel of the Australian coast in the early to mid '60s well, has a good turn of phrase and even the plot is fair. In the fashion of much Australiana there is just a slight air of naievety or film school in the writing, a slight lack of subtlety, the characters just a bit stereotyped to keep this from being at the top of the class. I'm a hard marker but I did enjoy this book and would encourage the author to go another leg up. Having just re read Len Deighton the bar is high. In the end a pleasure to read.

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Good book despite pantomime bad guys

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Reviewed: 26-02-2019

I grew up in an Australian country town, albeit with a university and had relatives on the land. I normally prefer espionage/crime books but I did enjoy this story of Montana, ranching and the indian culture. The author can write and so its a shame that a 1950s romantic, cartoon like plot and characters were employed. I could put up with a simple plot but the bad guys were made about to be about as stupid as those in say "home alone" making this in the end a kids book and almost a comedy, but not a black comedy. The hero's character and even the heroine's and the romance was well developed but other characters and elements of the plot suck. if the author aimed higher we could see a really good book. As I say i enjoyed it despite its obvious flaws. It was well read in a style that become the writing in a manner best described as old worldly.

Fantastic plot

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Reviewed: 15-02-2019

Although the romance in this was somewhat predictable in most respects this was a very pleasant listen. Perhaps the hero and heroine could have had a few more flaws.

Excellent plot. Great writing and narration.

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Reviewed: 06-08-2018

The opening sequences of this story are as good as anything I’ve read/listened to in a long time. Brilliant effort. Many intriguing plot twists from a master story teller. Best female reader I know. Also excellent on the Stasi wolf stories. Well done to all concerned, a command performance.