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The Retainer is an intriguing tale of betrayal, blackmail and lust set in 1970s London when life was more innocent - or was it?
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 21st 2013 by Ernest Marlin
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C.S. Woolley
Jan 09, 2014 C.S. Woolley rated it really liked it
This is by far the best work I have read of Marlin’s. The writing is much more consistent and the plot is extremely engaging, more so than his other books.

It is well formatted and the proof reading has been thoroughly done. There are some tiny mistakes that even the most determined grammar nazi will struggle to find. It’s very easy to enjoy the plot and get lost in the well-chosen and broad use of language. There are a few Americanisms mixed in with Briticisms in the main narrative – not though
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Jun 02, 2014 Flyonthewall86 rated it liked it
Though other people seem to think this is his best work, I honestly don't think that's true. This one I read last out of Marlin's four titles and just found myself not enjoying it as much as the other books.

Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, but is much darker than the other books and seems a little bit far fetched in places, though not wholly outside the realms of possibility.

The writing style is good, like in his other works but the story is not quite as polished.

A great book for those wh
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I’m a crime fiction Author, born 1947, spending much of my time untangling the stories in my head into tales of alienation and enchantment. I put my characters through hell, thinking of ways to intertwine my life encounters into their fictional lives.

My introduction to books was at the spritely age of 11, when my grandfather bought me William the Detective. It grabbed my attention and I have not c
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