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Glenn Cooper

Library of the Dead - 26

So many new novels seem to miss the mark and disappoint. Occasionally new literature turns up an unexpected gem and so it is with Glenn Cooper's debut novel. On the surface it seems to be a straightforward detective novel about a New York serial killer. Do we really want yet another book about a washed up New York Cop looking for redemption through his work and glorious past. Well the answer is probably no, but thankfully this book doesn't fall into that trap. The New York angle is only one of a number of scenarios in a complex tale which takes us to medieval Isle of Wight and to post war Britain and America. For two thirds of the novel I failed to see how the various scenarios could be linked - but they are in a very original and clever manner. This book is very subtle in its plotting and a very good read. I am looking forward to the follow up which covers roughly the same area. I can highly recommend a book.

 

Book of Souls - 24

Certainly not as good as Library of the Dead, but that was a hard act to follow. This treads much the same ground. Will Piper the New York cop is again the main character and this time travels to London in search of the book in the title. There's plenty of intrigue and it is a good sequel to Library of the Dead.

 

The Tenth Chamber - 21

A good read but not as powerful as his first two books which had a great originality about them. Here the mystery seems to be stilted although many of the same themes arise.  That doesn't mean to say that the book isn't enjoyable and it's an easy read with plenty of twists or turns although at times it falls into the same category as so much of Dan Brown's writing i.e expected revelations being disappointing and leaving the reader with a feeling of so what.