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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner
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May 07, 2012

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The enthusiastic blurb on the back cover from the amazingly under-appreciated Jonathan Carroll is all you really need to know. I want to give Renner's novel three and a half stars, because I was engaged from start to finish and it is very clever (especially the last twenty-five pages or so). The narrative did remind me of Carroll's work in so many ways (the tricky yet pleasurable combination of fantasy, science-fiction, literary realism, and, in this case, a nasty little criminal procedural which would make Thomas Harris proud), but I also got a bit dragged down by the increasingly complicated time-lines which make the final third of the novel a bit more work than was, perhaps, necessary. I do love Renner's self-reflexive meta-fabulism.
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