Burnt Bones  (Special X, #7)
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Burnt Bones (Special X #7)

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He buries his victim alive, just for the fun of it. No real harm...yet. He's waiting for the two detectives who are on his trail. Waiting for the real fun to begin...
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Signet (first published January 28th 1999)
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This book starts out with two men being kidnapped and tortured. But the real crime in this book is the writing. Witness: this tortured sentence: "With wind wilding her sand-colored hair and tearing her cobalt eyes, Jenna rode the heaving wave up the inland shore of the island like a bucking bronc, spray spuming into her as whitecaps cleaved."
While I love getting historical background in my fiction reading, this book covers too many things in USA Today snap shots--gladiators in Rome, Picts, Scot...more
On my continuing saga of reading Michael Slade books, I read this one just after coming back from Scotland (which figures prominently in the book, just not as a location). It was one of the more poorly constructed of Michael Slade's books, partly because it features Mephisto as antagonist, and we never really get an idea who this strange and warped man is. I get that it's a kind of Professor Moriarty character, but DeClerq, the hero of Slade's stories, is no Holmes, so it doesn't quite work.
The book was okay. I've read a lot of Michael Slade and I have found a lot of them concentrate on the gory details of crime and the inner workings of the RCMP. I enjoyed that. This one contains so many history lessons, and while I'm a fan of history, if I wanted to read about it, I would have found a textbook.
This book actually scared me in spots. I was barely able to put this down because I wanted to find out what would happen to the characters.

The writing was okay at best. I myself am not a writer so I cannot say much.
Brian Sammons
Slade wanted to make a Moriarty-like villain for his RCMP to square off against with a character called 'The Druid'. Sadly, I thought it was more goofy than anything. This is an OK read, but far from the best of Slade's books.
Not as enjoyable as "Headhunter". Annoying when alternating flashbacks of boyhood with historical ones. Only gets interesting near the end. No clever twists or surprises.
James Bradley

His best book!!!!!
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