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Call After Midnight Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780727880451
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727880451
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; Reprint Edition (August 1, 2011)
- Product Dimensions : 5.72 x 1.09 x 8.67 inches
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0727880454
- Best Sellers Rank: #543,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tess Gerritsen is more noted for her Rizzoli and Isles series of thrillers. They were so successful they were then made into a successful TV series. Thus book though is the first she had published in the mid-to-late 1980s
Sarah Fontaine is a recently married scientist who receives a call telling her that her husband had been killed in a hotel fire in Berlin. The strange thing is she believed him to be in London. She goes to London to find out more where she is accused of murder.
Nick O’Hara is a diplomat with the US State Department. He has major concerns about US policy and has been moved sideways to a more mundane role. Tasks include getting the bodies home of Americans who die abroad.
He takes more than a passing interest in Sarah’s husbands death particularly when he realises that the information on the husbands background only goes back a year. Then the CIA get involved and O’Hara is suspended from his post. He also heads for London believing that she knows more than she has previously been telling.
The two of them meet up and soon realise that her husband was a man with a mysterious past. It is also now apparent that his death was not an accident though there now appears to be evidence that he might not have died after all. They decide to trace him and follow the trail across Europe pursued by the CIA and the hit-man of an elderly criminal nicknamed Magus.
Despite all the thriller ingredients this was a disappointing book. I could not work out if it was a thriller or a romance. The characters were superficial and quite difficult to find sympathy for. The plot was fast moving but predictable and with the benefit of hindsight it displayed all the attributes of a first book. Gerritsen went on to bigger and better things and whilst she may remember this book fondly because it was her first published the content leaves the reader cold and reluctant for more.
I don't know if she has ever been to the UK but She doesn't seem to know that Victorian London no longer exists! She talks of thick swirling fog - in the Spring! These days London does does still get fog, but seldom thick enough to swirl and certainly not in spring.
In Margate she talks of mailbox at the end of the lane. In the UK Houses, even old cottages have letter boxes is their front doors - or at the very least a mailbox in the front garden. And it would be locked. Not open for all and sundry to peer into and walk off with the mail.
Really poor and on top of all that such a very silly story. Sorry Tess but I only finished it because I don't like to leave a book I've bought unread.
It seems she's been told to 'sex it up a bit', to gain more readers. That's not a change for the better, IMHO.
I hope this isn't an ongoing trend with her stories.