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The Last Pines

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Something happened in the café on Marriott’s fifty-second birthday that was impossible for any sane man to believe and it would change his life forever.
Paperback, 218 pages
Expected publication: August 17th 2019 by Reuben Books
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Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delight! A thriller with real characters.

I like a good thriller, myself, but often become bored because the characters tend to be secondary--or worse--to the plot. Not in The Last Pines.

It's set in post-WWII London and in a nameless city in what I took to be eastern Europe some time in the 70s. The setting and the nature of Marriott, the main character, reminded me of a Helen McInnes novel written on a whole other level. If you are familiar with McInnes, you'l know her books often feature
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom Saunders is an author I’ve read sine the 90’s. His short stories, poetry and novels are all worthy and excellent reading. It’s hard to describe how his work “sticks” to your memory--not so much as individual characters or events, (although I still think about one of his characters, shipwrecked among island natives, regularly!)-- but the tone and timbre, the language, and the intelligence behind it all, spellbinds. And the protagonist often breaks your heart.
I can remember eons ago being smi
Mary McCluskey
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Beautifully Written Thriller

'The Last Pines' is Tom Saunders' third novel and here we find all the remarkable gifts we have come to expect from this writer - the perfectly balanced sentences, the sharp insights into character and the lovely descriptive prose that brings faces and places into clear focus.

But this one is a thriller and an excellent thriller it is. It's also that rare thing - a page-turner that is both plot driven and character driven. It begins as the central character, introspe
Jean Saunders
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful insight into the main character, Marriott. The novel has great narrative drive and the story unfolds beautifully. Unlike many thrillers, it make complete sense and it is a totally believable plot. Much recommended.
Rtia Trujillo
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Jul 15, 2019
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I began writing in my mid-thirties while taking a degree in English at Kingston Polytechnic. I later went on to do the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where my tutors were Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. I have published two collections of short stories, Brother, What Strange Place is This? and Roof Whirl Away and a novel, Inappropriate Happiness. All three books a ...more
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