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Amateur Historian by Julian Cole
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Jul 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: family-fiction, mystery

This was kind of a weird one.

A cop who left the job after the death of a young girl at the hands of her father returns home after 10 years abroad, and takes up a private detective practice.

His brother, meanwhile, is now the policy chief.

Then a little rich girl gets kidnapped and both of them are caught up in trying to find her. Interwoven with this is the story of a young girl at the turn of the century who is struggling to survive in the town's slums.

Definitely a dark novel, told from different perspectives, including the kidnapper's. I think the biggest indictment against it is that the voice doesn't change with the various narrators, and it's a bit pedantic to boot.

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