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A KEENLY UNDERSTOOD NARRATION
le 1 juin 2008
One would be hard pressed to find a more perfect reader for the latest Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley mystery than London born Charles Keating. After all, who else could neatly toss off such lines as "A bit daft, that, but it's summick to do, innit." with easy authenticity?
An experienced actor who appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon, he soon became known to American audiences with his work on TV's Another World and numerous Broadway performances. He brings both decisiveness and keen understanding to his narration.
As many will remember Lynley lost his wife in a previous novel, "No One To Witness" when she was fatally shot outside their London home. Numb with grief Lynley has fled London, going to Cornwall where he walks along the coast. Is as if he knows the miles he walks will not bring solace but perhaps some relief from the pain of his loss.
It is on one of these walks that he comes across a dead body, that of a rock climber, a young boy from the nearby village of Casvelyn. Of course, Lynley immediately notifies the local police, and another "of course" - knowing George the death was not an accident. Scotland Yard sends Havers to assist Lynley in the investigation and hopefully bring him back to London and the job he does so well.
The deceased was far from an innocent youth, having bedded a good number of the female population of Casvelyn. Thus, there's certainly no dearth of those who would have wished him dead and gone.
As readers of George have come to know her plots are complex and wonderfully character driven. Careless In Red is one more engrossing story from this award winning author (the Anthony and Agatha awards, and the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere among them).
- Gail Cooke