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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a single three-star, to date., September 13, 2008
This review is from: Empire of Lies (Hardcover)
Just finished the book and told myself that the reviews here would be sharply divided. Not a single three-star, as it turns out.

I lean right. I found the book bracing in its refusal to make a single nod to political correctness. But I think that Klavan goes too far in the narrative point of view.

I also think that he does this purposely. It seems to me that he has INTENTIONALLY shot beyond the probable sympathies of the reader.

The narrator/protagonist, as others have noted here, is not very likable. He's not repugnant, but he's flawed. He is not flawed in a Philip Marlow, lop-sided-morality-that-earns-grudging-respect kind of way. Jason Harrow (narrator/protagonist) is, I take from an interview, Andrew Klavan. The author isn't especially proud of his own level of moral maturity and doesn't want to hold it up as a model to emulate. But he does have some convictions. He isn't very good, but he knows what good means. He also knows evil. And he suspects (rightly, I believe) that Liberalism's NEED to find moral superiority via cynical insistence that any other than moral equivalence is hypocrisy, is misguided.

And this turns the old claims about hypocrisy and moral equivalence on their head, I think.

So, kuddos to Klavan for trying something different, for trying to say something honest and unpopular, and with some humility.
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