REVIEW: TRACE- WHO KILLED MARIA JAMES?

Trace: who killed Maria James?Trace: who killed Maria James? by Rachael Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely jaw-dropping, compelling reading. I felt like I needed to have a shower after I’d finished. Having not been aware of the podcast, it was all new to me, and I was utterly gobsmacked. The pacing is perfect, the revelations astounding, the writing a pitch-perfect combination of the journalistic and the personal. This is the best true crime book, and the best book about becoming involved in the investigation of a crime, that I have read in a long time. A superb achievement.

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PROGRESS. OF A TYPE.

I realise I’ve not been around these part lately. There’s a very good reason for that.

We’re up to inputs time. Thankfully, it’s school holidays, so I have a chance to get large batches done each day. The second draft of Ghost Tracks should be just about completed by the time we have to get back into our school routine.

Give me a short while. I’ll be back soon.

 

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Page 129 of 203. or, to put it another way, I’ve edited enough today: I’ll do that bit tomorrow. 

 

REVIEW; THE VIOLATED, BY BILL PRONZINI

The ViolatedThe Violated by Bill Pronzini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellently constructed, multi-level narrative utilising a wide range of points of view and narrative strands. A simple crime builds in complexity and consequence, and the red herrings that constitute the secondary narrative are perfectly weighted and timed to create suspense and confusion. A slightly weak ending and reveal do not diminish the satisfaction.

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