- File Size: 1153 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Canelo (November 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KTUS7KA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a police procedural whose major character is Detective Swanson. She moves with some relief from the sentencing of a youth for stealing a bottle of vodka to an actual kidnapping, but every step she takes is stymied both by people's response to the law and by her superiors, who play a political game in determining which cases will be solved and when. If society itself is stagnant, what happens to a police force that is conflicted to begin with about the justice of the law and then hampered at every step by superiors who suppress evidence or hold it until they can reap the most political advantage from its revelation?
Mr. Brolly very successfully evokes the frustration they feel and the myriad ways they respond to it. I gave this book only three stars because as a reader I began to share too much in this sense of frustration. In a society whose laws are immoral and whose leaders are corrupt, can anything ever be achieved? I regret that I began to find the book tedious, rather than suspenseful.
Matt Brolly is an up and coming British thriller author. I loved his debut, Dead Eyed (book 1 of DCI Michael Lambert series), and awarded it 4.5 stars. Book 2 of that series, Dead Lucky, was even better, receiving 5 stars from me. Zero is book one of a new series of dystopian thrillers staring DI Kate Swanson and her partner DS Joseph Keane. In my opinion, Zero does not measure up to his Michael Lambert books.
Part of my issue with this novel is that I am not a dystopian fan, which really shouldn’t be held against the book. I decided to take a chance on this one only because I loved Mr. Brolly’s previous work. In addition, the setup was also a bit long for me—it took me till around 35-40% to really get into the story. And though I really liked the protagonists, I felt they could have been better developed. As this is a series, hopefully that will be coming in future installments. Finally, there were a lot of characters, and I had to use my search button a few times to remind myself who was who. Part of that problem could have been my fault as I didn’t have time to read as much as I wanted, and with all the pauses I had to keep refreshing myself about what I had previously read.
There were certainly some plusses. Again, I did like the characters and saw a lot of potential in both Swanson and Keane, but we need to know them better. The premise was great. The plot was clever. These points are enough for me to check out the second book in the series when it comes out.
I have read so many 5 star books this year, the bar has been raised. This one just didn’t give me the spark like some of the others, though I would still call it a good read. I rate it 3.5 stars as measured against Mr. Brolly’s other 2 novels. Despite this critical review of Zero, this man has proved to me that he can write, and I will definitely be there for his next one.
Thank you Net Galley, Canelo Publishing and Matt Brolly for the privilege of reading an advanced copy of this novel. The opinions stated in my review are entirely my own.
I have read Matt's previous books; commenting on the Britishness of them. That holds true here but I don't think it was quite as distracting this time around.
The book introduces us to a dystopian world where a zero tolerance policy exists and anyone found guilty of a crime, no matter how small, is punishable by death.
The story starts with the kidnapping of a judge and the demand for the release of all prisoners awaiting their fate. Right from the first chapter you are hooked and want to know how both the story and characters, Detective Inspector Kate Swanson and her partner DS Joseph Keane, unfold.
I really enjoyed the book as a whole. The characters held my interest from the start and were easy to relate to. You have all the twists and turns of a good crime thriller, and coupled with the excellent writing skills of the author I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
Looking forward to the next one in the series already!
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