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I enjoyed this book, but only to a point. Simon Vance was pretty good - which I expected. After listening the the whole book, I have to wonder if the author would have benefited by writing a few more drafts. I want to know why all of the really interesting stuff seemed to happen "off-stage". The listener had to hear about it second & third hand. I may have missed it, but I still don't get how the bad guys knew where to look for the "letters". Also, the main character was dissappointing. I kept expecting things to fall together & get really interesting at the end, but the end just fizzled. I want to know how the main character got to be a success in his carreer, and yet remain pretty clueless so much of the time. And if that was the moral... well, like I said - great concept & great narrator.
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I didn't buy or listen to the book under the impression that it was a Sherlock Holmes-book, I've read the synopsis.
But how this book would have benefited from a holmsian touch. This is not a detective story - it's a story about a rich lawyer who just follows one clue, which leads to another clue and so on, and so on. After finishing the book I was amazed that the main character went through the entire ordeal without making a single major deduction. He goes to a place, talks to people who direct him to another place/person and so it goes.
So, if you like me was hoping for some classically inspired detective work, around the foggy streets of London - buy something else.
If you're after a book that could pass for the script for a B tv-movie set in California - this is for you.
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