I loved the characters. They are all very themselves and very unique although some of them live a bit of a cliché, which is okay and convincingly writI loved the characters. They are all very themselves and very unique although some of them live a bit of a cliché, which is okay and convincingly written by William Shaw. The story itself is not new and therefore lives from those characters. Breen is old-fashioned and introvert, a bit shy and yet curious. Tozer is his absolute opposite, loud and present and she demands. She wants to do things, wants to get their investigation to the next step and she pushes Breen to go on and further, where he would have gotten trapped in his mind-maze. He however manages to slow her down when it is appropriate to tread more carefully. I loved their dynamic right from the start.
The minor-ish characters are all very individual and I really like it when authors have the ability to show so many different personalities. Not just puppets that get used to let the story continue, but who make you curious for their very own personal backgrounds. A bit sad was the lack of atmosphere. London 1968. I expected some more… yes, atmosphere and not just the casual dropping of brand names from that era here and there. There was so much more potential and it just rippled away a little. It is definitely a good crime novel but it is not a good 1968-crime-novel and since it was not really letting the reader “feel” the year the narration was set in. I still like it though....more
I already loved “Police, Crime and 999″ but “Police, Lies and Alibis” is even better. A little less about the clichés and a lot more insights. I reallyI already loved “Police, Crime and 999″ but “Police, Lies and Alibis” is even better. A little less about the clichés and a lot more insights. I really like how John Donoghue found his very own writing style. It is recognisable and it felt like paying an old friend a visit after you haven’t been in touch for a while. Again he finds a way to present grim facts and statistics that make a good amount of his everyday work and stories told with an unbeatable humour that keeps the balance between the tragic behind the numbers and the stories we all know so well from the news and the – admittedly – hilarious madness of the other side of the coin.
I laughed a lot and I had a couple of moments in which I had to put the book aside to process what I had just been reading there. Don’t worry, no gory details of any kind, but some passages that made me feel a bit uneasy with the way the world sometimes works. Under the bottom line a great book, a very great read by a charming and polite author who still sends me a direct message every now and then to ask how I liked his book. I hope this answers your question. ;)...more
I love all kind of apocalyptic and dystopian stories and of course “The Walk” piqued my interest when I read the description. At first we meet a very uI love all kind of apocalyptic and dystopian stories and of course “The Walk” piqued my interest when I read the description. At first we meet a very unsympathetic protagonist. A selfish, weepy prick who – which is understandable to a certain degree – seeks to not get into any further trouble in the city that became a nightmare after the earthquake and as he wanders the streets to get home to his wife.
Very soon there is more about it than just the journey home. I figured out the “plot twist” a whole while before it was actually revealed to the reader but it still was a moment of silent contemplation. I liked the idea (and can’t say more about it here without any major spoilers).
It was not quite what I expected when I bought the book, but I enjoyed reading it. There were some rather comical and yet bizarre scenes in it, that as odd as they may have seemed, they could actually happen exactly int he way Lee Goldberg wrote them, because humans are always acting predictably the same in the face of such radical events....more
It took me a bit to get used to the writing style. It differs from chapter to chapter between first person and third person narration. Once I got theIt took me a bit to get used to the writing style. It differs from chapter to chapter between first person and third person narration. Once I got the hang of it, I found it very fitting for the story itself. What was most strikingly was the blurred line between “good” and “evil”. This wasn’t a story about the good police officers taking the bad guys from the gangs to the station. Both sides get their view points, characters on both sides get their voice and their depth. The middle part was a bit very easygoing on comparison to the beginning of the book, that took us right into the middle of what was going on in the life of DI Kennedy. The final was equally thrilling but took the arc of suspense even further and I was glued to the pages and felt like I couldn’t read fast enough to get to know what will happen next.
The writing is – even apart from the change of first and third person narration – very unique. I had some trouble to grasp everything that was told but that doesn’t derogate how much I enjoyed reading this book, that I found purely by chance and bought out of a feeling in the guts that it will be one of those works that don’t get much attention although they should. A great, unique and very interesting read....more
Im Grunde eine solide, relativ entspannte (im Sinne von nicht hektisch) Krimigeschichte mit einigen Wendungen, die ich so jetzt nicht erwartet hätte,Im Grunde eine solide, relativ entspannte (im Sinne von nicht hektisch) Krimigeschichte mit einigen Wendungen, die ich so jetzt nicht erwartet hätte, mir aber gerade darum gut gefielen. Auf Anhieb war mir der junge Ermittler Schell sofort sympathisch. Sein älterer Kollege Strobe und der Rest des Teams blieben eher fade. Die Zeugen und Verdächtigen bekamen teilweise mehr Tiefgang, wie etwa der Naturschützer Jürgens oder der Jäger, der eine tragendere Rolle zugeschrieben bekam.
Etwas zu bemüht war der Wechsel zwischen normalem Schreibstil und “Jugendsprache”, sobald aus Sicht von Lukas berichtet wurde. Unterm Strich ein guter, unterhaltsamer Krimi....more
John Donoghue found me first. He has got a Twitter account and followed my account(s) and this is how I discovered his book. I’m part of a Sherlock rolJohn Donoghue found me first. He has got a Twitter account and followed my account(s) and this is how I discovered his book. I’m part of a Sherlock roleplay / writer community over there and I guess the – as I have to admit – little misleading title I borrowed for my username might have been the reason why I got discovered by him. I had a look at his profile and was immediately interested. Police officer AND author? Take my money! Peoople who know me better will surely get why the next thing I did was buying “Police, Crime & 999″. ;) I don’t know what I expected, the reviews I read had been quite divided but never judge a book by its cover (or in this case its reviews.) First of all: I felt very well entertained. If Mr Donoghue has one thing it is definitely a very cynical gallow’s humour. You either like that or you will have some struggle with some chapters. A bit too many saucy innuendos for my taste, but if you are able to not feel offended the book offers a good overview of the everyday madness (read: people a.k.a. idiots) a police officer has to face during his shifts. His anecdotes and stories made me laugh and they made me think. There are a few, very strong paragraphs where Mr Donoghue actually drops his mask and let me gain the impression this was honestly him speaking and not the cheeky bloke who always knows a catchphrase for any given situation. For example:
However, being a bloke, I wasn’t used to talking about feelings. Not many of my colleagues are. Not even tucking the subject in between the sports and weather. I know it’s not good for me. I know I should be getting things out, discussing them, purging the demons from my soul …but instead, like a lot of my workmates, I bottle it all up and bury those difficult thoughts, horrific experiences and bad memories. You can never bury them deep enough though, and sometimes when you are innocently digging around for something else in your subconscious, you uncover one of those things you thought you had put behind you. I really should learn to be more emotional, more sentimental, deal with issues effectively when they occur, but I just don’t seem to have the ability to open up, I just can’t seem to allow my guard to drop. Maybe it’s been ingrained in me too long. I’ve been a sailor, a soldier and now a police officer. It just doesn’t seem to be the done thing. I can’t seem to let the facade drop. We’re supposed to be the ones people depend on.
I also highly appreciate the “inside” informations and few bits and bites of history and statistics here and there. It was very interesting to read but not too cluttered. It was a very well balanced mixture of facts, inside views, personal view (I really would have loved more of those!) and stories that are funny and occasionally bitter in the aftertaste. One minor thing that was a bit exhausting after a while, was the repetition of the phrase “But I disgress”. I know that it was meant to mellow up the flow and lead back to the golden thread but it didn’t quite want to fit into the entire storytelling itself. Nevertheless “Police, Crime and 999″ is a book I really enjoyed reading and I’ll surely get my greedy bookaddict fingers on the sequel “Police, Lies and Alibis”.
One last thing I’d like to share is a further quote I really, really loved:
I finally had time on my own to sit in quiet reflection. There’s no doubt that being a police officer changes you. Roughly translated, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said something along the lines of ‘Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster’. Repellent as they may be, I don’t really classify the likes of Drew Peacock and Hugh Janus as out and out monsters. I hadn’t yet reached the stage where I stared into the abyss and the abyss stared back at me and then looked away in shame. However, in some way I felt I’d lost what was left of my innocence – that in some ways life had maybe lost a bit of its mystery. Dealing with the worst that society can offer certainly makes you more cynical. To a certain degree, I also felt that I had become de-sensitised to life. Dead bodies, cruelty, neglect – whereas they may have given me sleepless nights in the past – they were now just jobs that had to be dealt with. On the other hand, I’d fitted a lifetime of new adventure into just one year, and had so many good laughs that my sides ached, had real job satisfaction and felt some genuine camaraderie again. Some experiences were good, some were bad, but all taught me a lesson one way or another. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, except for polio, of course. To me, the pros vastly outweighed the cons (insert your own punchline here). The office of Constable is certainly the best position I’d ever held.