REVIEW OF SHAMUS DUST
PERIOD MYSTERY TAKEN TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
For a certain type of reader (count me in!) there is nothing better than transcendent writing put to the service of a mystery. Shamus Dust is one of the best examples I've come across.
Newman is a private detective who is handed a case with many connections across multiple social classes. His status as an American in post-war Britain guarantees the outsider footing necessary to the story.
The imagery, the period details, the acute insights delivered in a detached, deadpan voice --it all made for a great reading experience. In fact, several reviewers have mentioned their conflicting urges -- read slowly and savor the poetic narrative or read fast to reveal the gripping plot. Nice dilemma!
As a measure of author Janet Roger's skill, the noir vibe was so pervasive that my mental picture throughout was the black-and-white of a mid-century gumshoe film. The sooty, snowy, London winter setting didn't hurt, and the only color seemed to be the vibrant red lipstick worn by the women.
This is one of the reasons I signed up as a NetGalley reviewer -- to discover new authors whose careers I can follow and whose fan I can become. Mission accomplished!
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