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Touchstone by Laurie R. King
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Jan 21, 2008

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I was WAITING for this book. It came out on Boxing Day, but I didn't get to the bookstore over and over, and every now and then I'd think: there's a new Laurie R. King mystery out; reading will be good. Because LRK writes some of my favourite mysteries. Her Holmes is infinitely more likeable, more sympathetic, more apt to fallibility and therefore, more believable than most of Holmes in Conan Doyle. She puts Sherlock Holmes in San Francisco (twice!), with Kipling's Kim, and in Jerusalem.

Touchstone is not about Holmes. It stands alone, set in the 1920s against the background of strikes and unions. The main character is an American federal agent on a personal vendetta with a slim support from his employer. It's about bombs and the Great War and social classes. I wasn't thrilled by the first two-thirds of the book--it was interesting, but a little slow and clunky. The end of the book, when all the mechanisms had been dragged into place, was excellent. All the bits falling into each other and gathering momentum until the ending crashed through. High-speed thriller at the end and English scenery through the beginning.
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Sfdreams Hmm...Megan you make me think that I should give this book a third chance. I will just have to power through the first 2/3 of the book. I never made it past 1/3 to halfway during the two times I took this book out from the library.

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