Ten years later, a helpless Chris watches Lenka's life-blood soak into the snow of a Prague street. With his friend and business partner dead, Chris must fight to keep his company afloat and discover who's behind Lenka's seemingly random, but coolly professional, murder.
©2001 Michael Ridpath; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Sheer entertainment." (Observer)
"Ridpath has the read-on factor that sets best-sellers apart." (Guardian)
The Publishers summary provides a very good description of what this book is about. A little slow to start with - but persevere, its worth it. A slightly unusual storyline; makes it perhaps more interesting and believable. I found it very enjoyable and well worth the 'read'. (I must look out from more books from this chap).
Started brilliantly with good characterization and well constructed plot. I very much like this authors work and this is my third novel of his. He writes so knowledgeably about the shady world of high finance and the unpalatable practices and immorality of some of the inhabitants that you can't fail but to be drawn in by the storyline.
So, all went well until the final third of the book and then it just seemed to me that it was rushed to a conclusion. Suddenly credibility was stretched and although loose ends were tied up.....it still felt like a rush job. Such a shame! Still quite a good read though,
Maybe if the author had taken a little longer over the final third of the book then the story would have held up better to closer scrutiny....and who knows...there could even have been a pretty good follow-up book.
He's so good a narrator, how would you choose? There are no singularly stand-out characters in this novel but he makes some of the wholly nauseous, greedy bankers so real that you almost can't take it!
No. This novel reached a conclusion, no loose ends, that's it for me.
Michael Ridpath's thrillers are never going to set the world on fire, but this one is below par even by his standards. It starts off quite well, but the plot becomes more and more contrived as you get into the book, as do the characters, and the ending is almost laughably implausible, lacking in any real tension.
On the plus side, Sean Barratt's narration is excellent and he breathes enough life into both plot and character to make it worth persevering to the end.
But not recommended unless you are a Michael Ridpath fan.
A very good followable plot with only 6 main characters. It's not heavy writing but not too inane or lightweight either.
The story follows the fortunes of a group of investment bankers over 10 years. The plot flicks back and forward between their induction with the bank and the current time with ease. Slightly dodgy Eastern-European and American accents from the Scottish narrater but you do get used to it.
I did find myself needing to know what happened next and it kept me engaged throughout.
Recommended as a listenable thriller.
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