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Edie Investigates by Nick Harkaway
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Mar 16, 2012

I read this because the author will be at the VA Book Festival this week, and I wanted a sense of his writing. I had a mixed reaction.
I really liked the understated Brit wit style of the beginning, but that seemed rather less evident as the story went along. There were some abrupt transitions, and the ending also seemed abrupt and either unfinished or I didn't understand it. And some of it goes beyond the amusingly absurd, as when one of the characters think back to when he was in charge of monitoring the guano trade in British overseas territories and was provided a three-person bodyguard in recognition of the danger of his position.
I liked Edie, the retired spy who is the main character and would enjoy getting to know her better in the longer book, but I don't think I'd be willing to risk a very high price for the book.

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