I loved this fast-paced and tautly written thriller. Gritty and unflinching at times, it nevertheless manages to combine hip humour and wry observations that will make you smile. Gracie is a tough cookie who has issues and can be awkward to handle but, if she can be hard on the bad guys, she is even harder on herself. Although a Scot, I once lived in San Francisco many years ago and this excellent tale accurately evoked my memories of the city and it’s environs. I can see hard-headed Gracie being played by a younger Jodie Foster perhaps and many of the characters were well-rounded and believable. A fine read which kept me hooked until the end. I will wait for more from A.S.A. Durphy.
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Here’s a very recent review from Amazon in the US:
What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.
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