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

A High-Concept Thriller In Bold Strokes

Witch Hunt - Ian Rankin, Jack Harvey

Originally put out under the pseudonym, Jack Harvey, Witch Hunt is an early novel from Rankin before the Rebus series took off so effectively. A tightly-plotted thriller, it's the story of the hunt for a female assassin. The characters are drawn in bold strokes and the writing is crisp, moving at a rapid pace but lingering over evocative details to create the right mood. It's too high-concept for me and elements of the plot struck me as implausible. All the same it's an enjoyable read.