As the staff reviewer of Lawcrossing, which caters to an enormous number of attorneys with appetites for quality fiction — and crime-related fiction in particular — I feel duty-bound to review exceptional books that cross my desk.
Although well received critically, and popular enough to climb the New York Times Bestseller List, this book was not something I could muster much enthusiasm about reading (before I picked it up). The reason for my reluctance was that, while I enjoy a good yarn as much as the next bloke, detective fiction, broadly speaking, is a genre or subgenre that was strip-mined for most of the last century (and even before) until it resembled an ecological disaster site. It became, to my mind, the literary equivalent of a slurry pit.
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