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Poison Door Paperback – February 20, 2011
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About the Author
Steve Malley is an expatriate American living in New Zealand, a professional artist who also writes Noir thrillers. More at http://SteveMalley.com
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With a title borrowed from the Sisters of Mercy song of the same name, this novel adopts the same rhythmic pace and oftentimes bleak outlook of its namesake. It is a tale of the dark happenings that take place amongst the picturesque, tourist-filled mountains and beaches of Christchurch, New Zealand, one that left me aching to visit the beautiful island--but never go outside after dark.
The strength of this novel lies not only in the author's keen eye for descriptive prose, but also in realistic, fully-fleshed characters. You'll find no one-dimensional, predictable heroes and villains, here. That holds true especially for my personal favorite, Tommy Knowles, who endlessly surprises with his odd quirks and unconventional behavior.
In the end, Poison Door is a story of three very realistic characters trying to survive in a hostile environment--wrapped up, of course, in a breakneck, no-holds-barred, highly successful thriller.
The book takes you through the different ways that people can deal with being "damaged" and where those different paths can lead. I highly recommend checking this book out!
I like exotic settings: Check.
I like twists and turns: Check.
I like a character I can care about: Check.
I like to see a little poetry in the prose: Check.
I like villains who seem truly dangerous, not just stupid: Check.
And this is why I gave Poison Door five stars.
A fast moving action packed thriller. I found myself turning pages just to find out what was in store for Sarah and Michelle, concerning for their welfare. Interesting to read a book set in New Zealand.
An Enjoyable read.