He does have a note that this was written before 9/11.
He gives full portrayals of the Muslims in the book.
He had me fooled. I didn't figure it out until after Brock did. Although at that point it seemed like this was almost the only solution left. And, yet, he still had a few twists and turns to puzzle me.
I'd started The Verge Practice but was having trouble getting into it. Why? Because I had missed the book following Silvermeadow, Babel. I ...more
In summary, this boo ...more
Amidst her angst, a masked gunman fatally shoots an academic at the fictional University of Central London East as he's on his way to deliver what was promised to be a controversial lecture. Why w ...more
My enthusiasm for this series is waning a little. I've got a bit fed up with the way that DS Kathy Kolla throws herself into danger at the end of every book, it's in character but it's over the top. In this book Kathy is still recovering from the events of the end of the last book so she's a bit less sure of herself and it's actually DCI David Brock who walks into a stupid situation near the end. I'd say that he has more logical reasons to do so than Kathy usually does but it still needles me an...more
Babel has an interesting plot that will keep you guessing all the way through the book.
Maitland is very skilful in the way he draws his characters. The only minor criticism I would have is (view spoiler)[the way Kathy Kolla prevaricates over leaving the police force. This is number six of thirteen (so far) and we all know she is still there! (hide spoiler)]. Ot/> ...more
This one was perhaps my least favourite so far. The solution was too far-fetched for even me to really believe it. It was written before 9/11 as it says in the preface and holds up pretty well.
A curmudgeonly philosophy professor at a mid ...more
Throw in some academia-based jealousies, the changing emphasis of large 'business-oriented' universities, cutting edge genetics, and the effect of a flat world in general ...more
As is typical of Maitland's mysteries, this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking whodunit that is--if anything--more relevant in 2011 than it was in 2003. The victim is a distinguished philosophy professor whose writings on the Holocaust, the Palestinian cause, and fundamentalism have made him very controversial. Was he killed for his beliefs or for something entirely different? As Britons generally and the police force in particul ...more
A London detective sergeant is about to leave the police after a terrible (but not described) ordeal, but gets involved and rejuvenated in a new and complex investigation, For fans of the Brock & Kolla series, this will keep them happy, but for others - it might seem a bit like reading something written for young adults; overly simplistic, ploddingly plotted and a great pains to be politically correct.
His books have been described as whydunits as much as whodunits, concerned with the devious histories and motivations of their characters. Barry's background in architecture drew him to the structured character of the my ...more