Pitch-perfect debut thriller set on the campus of the best law school in the country where a young man learns what is really important in life.
Pretty much one, long, tedious product placement shill, interrupted by cardboard-cut-out characters running around doing pointless and improbable things.
A confectionary of brigadeiro, quindim, pacoca, raspadinha and pe-de-maleque liberally mixed with thriller clichés, covered with a sweet topping of repressed romance, dollops of American jingoism along with a sprinkle of evil. Enjoy!
One might be tempted to call Linwood Barclay the poor man’s Harlan Coben, but Barclay is like one of the knock-off Fendi purses featured in this novel when compared to Coben.
Early story featuring Erast Fandorin!!!!
Much better storytelling than the “S/he Lover of Death” gambits.
Sometimes you read one unsatisfying book from a popular author and “write him off.” Then you read another and discover what the hype is about. Guilty.
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Jan 26, 2015Sylvia rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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Snow is a Canadian on the other side of the world in Russian vodka country, content to be depressed and miserable for the rest of his life, until an accident puts him into a coma.
We’re then taken into the past and what has happened to him up to that point with the help of the woman, Magda, who won’t give up on him. There is also a danger that is making the workers sick, and as a keeper of the documents for the company, he may be the deciding factor in exposing the threat before it continues on its dangerous course.
Magda was an interesting character, and her determination to not give up on Snow and pull him out of his darkness defines her complex character even more. I felt a lot of sympathy for Snow as well, and his past that helped put him where he is now. The conditions that they have to endure are harsh and in many ways unforgiving. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys unconventional thrillers that have something to offer other than the usual.