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The Chameleon's Shadow by Minette Walters
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Jul 16, 2010

bookshelves: john, fiction, staff-picks-blog, mysteries

Minette Walters is one of those authors, for whom I’ll drop whatever else I’m reading. Like Scott Turow, her first two novels are simply stunning, and she’s settled into a high level of excellence, without ever reaching those heights again. Her specialty is the psychology of her characters, and she’s often compared to Ruth Rendell, whom, ironically, I don’t really get.

Her new one is about Lt. Charles Acland, a British soldier, back from Iraq, badly scarred both mentally and physically, withdrawn and hostile. About the time of his return, a series of murders begins, and the conclusion we’re to draw is pretty obvious. Too obvious, of course.

What makes this work are the strong characters–a bodybuilding lesbian physician, a lying street kid, and Acland’s girlfriend, who has issues of her own. --John

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