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I was not expecting The Girl in the Glass to be as good as it is. The book is a complex murder mystery.
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From my cozy seat here on the edge of the mystery story spectorium I get-off peering inside of detectives McCabe and Maggie’s minds. I wish that Maggie Savage hadn’t slipped to a supporting role this time, and it’d be cool if next go-round she got more of the star turn she deserves.
James Hayman is more an expert engineer than an artist. He constructs plots the way Lear builds jets. It’s a miracle that so many tons of density can fly through the air… But engineers aren’t artists, or wizards. They put together the parts so that their creations don’t, um, land… spontaneously. Y’know?
I like the way Haymam and Stephen Mendel make me like Maine, and the people who swirl around Portland police detectives. Detectives who incidentally generally like and support one another as a team. Hayman, unlike a lot of mystery authors apparently doesn’t think they’re inept clowns riven by Peter-Principle promotions where only dung rises politically to the top.
And this time Hayman takes some clever risks as a writer, swirling together twin murders committed over a century apart. And it works. This jet flies!
Warning though, start the series with “The Cutting” and work your way here. Me? I’ll pre-order the next in this series as soon as the team records it.
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