Great story, well performed, just a wee bit too gory.
David Monteath does a fabulous job of differentiating characters by gender, geographical origin, social class, educational status and mother-tongue (G..Show More »aelic, Scots, English or Scots-English). Meyrick describes the people and country of this slightly disguised Kintyre town with affection, mixed with cynicism- just as I regard the "Three Towns" on the Ayrshire coast, in which I grew up, with delight in the scenery of the island hills, the long sandy beaches, and beauty of the sunsets, the starry sky, without pollution by street-lighting, and despair at the loss of economic opportunity in post-Thatcher Scotland. I'm just not that wild about so much sickening violence- that you can find on TV any day - and it seems to be a trend to site mega-crime in such places as St Andrews (TF Muir) Aberdeen (Stuart MacBride). I stop listening/reading when it goes too far, when it reaches vomit point, no matter how accurate the description of the location, the inhabitants, the customs and language of that place. I don't yet believe that the entire world is mostly evil, that the High-Heid-Yins of the Scottish Polis are in the pay of Russian/ex-USSR mafia. Meyrick's world is almost without hope (and even religion is topsy-turvy- one character's "memories" of a Free Kirk minister on Barra!!! - a Catholic island - show his unreliability - obvious suspect) The dialogue is dead well good and well observed, Monteath presents it with skill, but, thank God, Scotland's not yet "bandit country".
I enjoyed this book but it was not quite as good as the first book in the series. It was very well read but the plot was predictable and in some ways ..Show More »disappointing. I disliked the heavy hint at the end of the book about the direction of the next book.
I didn't like having the first chapter of the next book tagged on to the end of this book. It put me off wanting to buy it and I decided to take a break from this series of books. The narrator was excellent, a joy to listen to.