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Book Title: A Place of Execution|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.14 MB
v The author of the book: Val McDermid
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Date of issue: September 17th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780312979539
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Read full description of the books A Place of Execution:This book got rave reviews (judging from the newspaper blurbs on the cover), was given five stars by a lot of goodreads readers, and was highly recommended by a friend of mine. I found it mostly irritating on almost every level. It was very long (in the neighborhood of Moby Dick). It was written with no particular style, with characters who all sounded alike. It was repetitive. The author had an uncanny ability to describe non-dramatic scenes at length while skipping the ones that would have had some excitement. It had practically no suspense, and what there was was blatantly contrived and exploited. The amazing twist at the end (which was the only reason I stuck it out) was not amazing (in fact it was one of the two possibilities I had foreseen early in the book) and it was dragged out over 20 or 30 pages. This book could easily have been half as long. Simply taking out all the gradually more intrusive and always pointless references to searching for cigarettes, finding them, lighting them up, dragging in the smoke, sighing it out, contemplating the smoke, feeling grateful for the relief and pleasure, sharing them with others, stubbing out the butt, lighting another, would have saved an easy 50 pages. I'm not exaggerating. Only one major character was a former smoker, and as soon as she got in a tense situation, she took up the habit again with great and detailed relief. I got the impression that the author frequently ran out of creative steam and could only keep her momentum going by writing about what was in front of her, which was apparently a cigarette.
Read information about the authorVal McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies.
She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award.
She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.
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