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Bodies (Perry Trethowan #4)

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Published September 1st 1988 by G K Hall Audio Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Lukasz Pruski
Yet another fast and pleasant read before I tackle something more substantial. I keep returning to Robert Barnard's novels because I love his sarcastic humor and snide remarks about various human foibles. "Bodies" is a 1986 novel in the Perry Trethowan series. Perry investigates a quadruple murder committed in a Soho office of a soft porn magazine, and initially the case seems to be connected to the bodybuilding community.

This is definitely not Mr. Barnard's best work. I have been particularly a...more
I like this series but this installment wasn't my favorite. Police Superintendent Percy Trethowan is called to the scene of a murder where four people were shot while they were filming a pornographic movie. One of the victims was a known body builder and the story concentrates on the art of body building which is where I got less interested. The mystery itself was very well done and I didn't figure it out until I was almost finished but the book went into far too much about competitive body-buil...more
I read this many years ago, and remembered it as one of my favorite Barnards. A photographer and his models for a body-building magazine are found shot down in their studio, alerting Scotland Yard to a nasty underside to the squeaky-clean sport of bodybuilding.

What I liked so much about BODIES is the characterization. It stopped me more than once for long belly laughs. The vacuous, self-absorbed, beautiful expanses of muscle and little else; the worshipful people around them, the predators picki...more
Percy Trethowan is assigned to the case of a multiple murder in a Soho photographic studio. The bodies are found dropped in place as they were working on a layout that could be considered very soft porn. The photos were intended for a monthly magazine called Bodies which showcased everything from discretely posed nude people to healthy lifestyles and fitness.

As Perry tracks the background of the victims he is lead toward a killer that seemingly had no obvious motive because the dead people were...more
This book was fair at best. The plot was linear, predictable and dull. The setting was uninteresting and there was no subplot, no background story to help things along. My biggest problem was with the central character who had no personality at all. He was so deadly dull that I had to be reminded in the last couple of pages what his name was. The best I can say is that it was short and I managed to finish it.
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Aka Bernard Bastable.

Robert Barnard (born 23 November 1936) is an English crime writer, critic and lecturer.

Born in Essex, Barnard was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Colchester and at Balliol College in Oxford. His first crime novel, A Little Local Murder, was published in 1976. The novel was written while he was a lecturer at University of Tromsø in Norway. He has gone on to write more t...more
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