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The plot at times seemed overly contrived, but I could go along with it. Like another reviewer said, I was totally mystified as to why the author decided that all these beautiful women were throwing themselves at DS Slater literally at first sight...oh come on!
The storyline ran two parallel courses, neither of which was particularly engaging yet they kept my interest. The two detectives grew on me as the book progressed. Their banter seemed forced at times but basically was all right.
The relationships of the assorted characters seemed overly intimate and intertwined---and their motivation was definitely suspect, not to mention far fetched. The sex aspect was talked about a lot but not particularly salacious.
Because the denouement was rather outlandish (read unbelievable) i had more than a few eye-rolling moments. All that being said, I did want to keep reading to find out how it all played out. Not one of the most satisfying endings that I've encountered, but unusual at least counts for something in my book.
Hopefully the author will develop the partnership of the two detectives (plus one young, brainy, almost sidekick) in follow-up books.
Dave Slater is a totally interesting detective alone but with the new partners Norman and Steve , they are superb following the crooked and winding trail that weaves from one suspect to another. The interesting feature of the whole story is the strange murder weapon and the many suspects.
P.F. Ford batted it out of the ballpark with this one . Kudos
Lucky for David (Dave for everyone else but his DCI), the two are teamed up to solve a missing person case, already cold and already closed. Yet, there are some suspicious circumstances, and, a couple of persons with influence, who put the pressure on in the right places, to reopen the case.
At the beginning, Dave is skeptical about the partner forced on him to later realize that Norm is a seasoned and shrewd investigator, in spite of his less than Adonis appearance, with a great deal of experience working the police hierarchy, and suspects.
From here the duo, the British police version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, stumble upon two mysteries which are parallel, yet also intertwined, of corruption at the highest places, and a case of perplexing disappearance/murder. Throw in a couple of live ones, and one very much dead, gorgeous, seductive and promiscuous at the max ladies, plus an up and coming computer wiz DC, and what else can you ask for?
I tell you what else. Language. Although I never been to British police’s lunch rooms, whether it is the Met or local, yokel police, I doubt they talk among themselves as two 70-year old matrons at a coffee klatch. Further, I don’t believe they talk to suspects/ possible victims in a sort of “excuse me for living and breathing air around you” manner. Only, at the very end, one of the characters utters, okay, yells the f--- word, totally catching me by surprise. At some points, I almost gave up reading because the language was not just sterile, but laden with boredom. And that would have been a schade because the story is a good one and the denouement is reasonable, and unique.
This is a case where something could have been a great one but, unfortunately, it wasn’t. Perhaps, the next Dave Salter, excuse me, Slater will be.
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