I’ve decided to go back and re-read the initial offering in some of my favourite mystery/thrillers to see if what attracted me still does.
There is no denying the skill, but I’m currently in the mood for Downing and Furst’s “little man” style.
This one has the scaffolding of the long-running series, but is a bit off-footed in tone and writing, leaving huge holes in Intelligence operational details and the forward-story of the books to come.
What struck me most — negatively; it is jarringly disturbing — is how often cavalierly Silva puts his female characters into situations where they spit out, used and often killed simply to gain inches or points in “the game.” Worse, how willingly they are complicit in the abuse.
I can see how this would happen occasionally in real life, but it seems it is one of the most common, enduring scenarios in the entire series.
I wish it would end.