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Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan
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May 04, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime
Read from May 01 to 04, 2012

Very Bad Men is a Very Good Thriller. It starts with a hit list containing three names. The man hunting those three is scarily unstable. But there is more - much more - to the events which inevitably follow. The twists are clever, the surprises neat and plausible because the plotting is meticulous. One or two coincidences are necessary but nothing outrageous; life, after all, has its share of coincidences.

The author cleverly keeps the narrative moving by adopting various viewpoints, but never in a way that confuses. The dialogue is smart and the characters interesting: David, the magazine editor, and the woman he lives with, the detective Elizabeth, are a convenient partnership even though there is frequently a feeling that proper police procedure would militate against the way they work together.

Never mind. This is a thriller that teases without overt betrayal, putting me in mind of another best-seller read many years ago - Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying.
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