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The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien
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Jul 30, 2010

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** spoiler alert ** A pretty good read. S. Tolkein has improved since his last book --- feels less like he's tryng too hard. Maybe he's finding his style. The plot is adequately complex. I figured out that Stephan's girlfriend, Mary, had to be part of the killing of his father after his brother Silas was cleared --- or that Trave, the police detective who had investigated the case felt he was no longer one of the prime suspects. The two women, Shasa Vigne, who was his father's manuscript aide, and Mary, the actress who needed money for her mother's operation, both appeared to be possible suspects for the murder. Both hated Cade for destroying their families.

The only thing I don't like about Tolkien's work is the extreme amount of violence, especially violence against women that he steeps his plots in. I can't say it's gratuitous. It would be hard to hate Cade, and his servant Ritter, witout the violence they do. But couldn't this violence be dealt with "stage left?"

The ending felt especially good, with Stephan coming to thank Trave for saving his life from the gallows, and confessing that he felt bereft of everything now that he knew that Mary had just used him to get to his father. And Trave showing Stephan the place where his son had died and giving him the only reason to live --- because that's all there is and you've been saved from death.
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