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The Twilight Time Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Karen L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DAVCVIM, DACVD, Professor and Section Head, Specialty Medicine; Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
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Anna is good looking, but her manner is repellant (cold, rude). She's widely disliked. The higher-ups are always on the verge of firing her. She has appalling relationships with men. But she's consumed by her work, a totally dedicated officer and a tireless investigator. The tough angry cop who gets results is a familiar figure in crime fiction, but this time the tough angry cop is a woman. So Anna can be seen as messing with sexual stereotypes. A complex, character, she's weak and strong, fearful and heroic, aggressive and compassionate by turns.
I liked the heavy use of Scottish slang, and the crude banter among cops and on the street. The author is a former police officer and knows her subject. But I was sometimes uncomfortable with the narrative style. I was deep into the book before I realized why. When things get tense, the prose transmutes into poetry. For example, "Pendulum brain, striking painful fluid" is a headache, I think. I don't care for obtuse writing. But other readers may love the literary intent of the style.
The plot has plenty of momentum, and the ending is a surprise. Even if you have mixed feelings about the novel, as I did, you won't be bored.
in my car's CD player at all times, and when life gets too hectic I play this and it soothes my nerves. I highly recommend it.