Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review: Tower

Tower Tower by Ken Bruen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These two writers seem like the real deal in this interesting double-perspective story. Each author brings a striking energy to his half of the novel (though it isn't clear that each wrote a separate half -- that's just a reasonable assumption given that the novel has two distinct parts to it). They share a hardboiled perspective, and each is gifted with the ability to write tight and crisp sequences.

The novel essentially retraces the same ground twice, and it's generally effective to see different events from different perspectives. That said, if there is a weakness here, it's that neither half seems quite to give enough attention to the central decision Nick and Todd actually make. As the two narratives coalesce, that hole seems unfilled, and it left me a bit hungry at the end.

Still, there's a lot to admire here. I'm new with this to both authors, but both are now on my list of more to read.

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