REVIEW OF SHAMUS DUST
A1940s NOIR FILLED WITH INTRIGUE
When I was asked to read and review this by the author, Janet Roger, I was intrigued by the premise of the story. I found the incongruity of an American private investigator operating in a post-war London a little jarring initially, and as a result I struggled to get into the book, but I am so pleased I persevered because it was such an enjoyable venture into a traditional 1940s noir, filled with intrigue and deception, with a definite slow burn. The mystery of who is committing the murders that keep occurring and seem connected increases in intensity throughout the book, and just as you think you have it worked out, it goes in a different direction. The book is written exceptionally well, and there is an almost poetic use of prose throughout. I haven’t read anything set in this post-war era. and I found it an interesting insight into a world that was unknown to me.
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