Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Lunchtime read: The Man on the Balcony

A chance encounter with the woman who reported the man on the balcony with a young police officer provides the location for Beck to focus on. Entering an empty flat the evidence is there that links the killer to the murders of the two girls.

Noe they have an identity they start a chase to catch him before he kills again. In the end Beck ironically catches the wrong man and it is left to two humorous traffic cops to prevent another killing and bring in the real killer.

Although there is pace there what doesn’t quite work is the leap between the seraching for a man in the park and the man on the balcony. Usually these books are accurate but with that moment it is pushing the suspension of disbelief slighty further than you would like.

The other problem is that throughout the book everyone is at each other’s throats and that starts to make it a rather depressing read because even with the killer caught there is little sign of relief.

A review will follow soon…

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