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City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate
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Feb 05, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2007

A modern tale in the best tradition of hard-boiled detective stories. Written like Dashel Hammet with an education in geo-politics. It's flaws are easily forgotten as you come to care for the characters, even feeling a jolt of adrenaline a few times.

The heavy dose of timely (biting?) political and social commentary is not out of place as it would be in other stories of the type owing to the characters and London itself, a place where you cannot escape the World if you tried.

It's a book devoted to it's characters and it's plot. It's not complex, nor does it need to be (though one shouldn't be mistaken and think this means it's shallow) as the hard line taken by the narrator mirrors the hard lines throughout.

It's a hard life and the hard better get harder or stay as hard as they can to get through or else get hit by it...hard.


The narrator drinks without remorse, a lesson for us all.
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