Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Allan Guthrie

I finally finished Allan Guthrie's Two-Way Split yesterday. It's a very fast-moving and tight little noir thriller that's dark as hell. Guthrie absolutely pulls no punches. I thought at times that one of the characters wasn't introduced very well, but then I noticed why - that was a twist I didn't see coming. (Another question is was it necessary to do it this way. I can't discuss it further, though, and not give it away. I think it's enough to say that the original title of the novel would've given away too much.) The book reminds me a bit of Guy Ritchie's movies, but this is definitely sadder and more sensitive, not just banging away.

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