While an armed police presence builds up outside, he'll only talk to Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with his lover, Miro. Miro's apparently gone on the run, along with a huge sum of money. Jaime doesn't believe Miro's a thief - though he certainly had secrets.
But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages, and so do some of those on the outside - those who'd much rather that Jaime was silenced.
©2008 Mick Herron; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Frighteningly plausible." (Sunday Telegraph)
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"Don't judge this book by its title"
I'm still trying to figure out what this book has to do with "reconstruction". It didn't follow the premise of its first chapter, in which people who view a crime being committed can't quite remember in exacting detail the specifics of the crime. It may have something to do with the process of "reconstructing" Iraq, but this doesn't take place until well into the second half of the book. I think the best title would have been "Are you the lady?", the line spoken by the unfortunate teenager who kidnaps 4 people inside a suburban London nursery school. Overall, I liked the book, and the author is very clever with some of his wordplay. The characters are believable, and you care about them. You even know some of them from your own personal life, like Judy, the angry frump who sees the whole world as being out to make her life miserable. The narrator did a nice job of lending individual substance and voicing to make each character come alive, though her veddy English accent was hard to decipher sometimes. I can see some people buying this book expecting it to be about something other than what it really is - a nice modern day, softball spy novel, sort of what you'd get if Tom Clancy meets Janet Evanovich - and being disapponted.
"Tricky story, satisfyingly surprising"
The story builds slowly in a mundane setting. It doesn't hit you over the head with car chases and standoffs. It deals with ordinary people, with mundane concerns and delivers a series of twists as the layers are peeled back.
Anna Bentinck reading Mick Herron is about as good as it gets.
Yes and I have listened to it many times since.
Listen to it. Let the story take over and be patient. It feels like nothing is happening at the beginning.
"Avoid this if you like subtlety and pace."
Perhaps listeners who find predictable, incredibly slow moving spy tales that have no complexity.
I know I will try his later sequel to Slow Horses.it is a relief to know an author can find his stride and write a better book, later. Nonetheless, don't listen to these in the hope of finding originality. The plots are well suited to very ordinary TV scripts.
The Actor is definitely not one I admire from past association. But in this instance the performance is damaging to any suspension of disbelief available to the listener. The fact that Louise behaves in the way she does is in no way reflected by the actor. The foreign accent of another actor is so jarring and unbelievable it makes for irritated listening.
Listeners to Audible may share the experience of trying to stay with a title long after they should have abandoned their purchase in the hope things might get better. This is my first one and I regret the time lost.
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