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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Rambling, Melodramatic and Farcical

Tooth and Nail - Ian Rankin

This must be one of the silliest books I've ever read. The plot is rambling; the denoument is melodramatic and farcical; the central character, Inspector Rebus, comes over as a bit thick in his conversations with the young female psychology student who, predictably enough, ends up in bed with him; and the characterisation of the villain, a serial killer who leaves bite marks in his victims, is like something out of a pantomime. This novel won the 1997 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for fiction. Frankly,I'm amazed.