Saturday, 17 October 2009

The Lemur by Benjamin Black

DATE PUBLISHED: 2008 DATE READ: October 2009 NOTES: Having read and enjoyed several of John Banville’s novels I was looking forward to reading him in his crime writing persona. But The Lemur was very disappointing. After a good beginning the plot became really flat and there was simply no suspense as the narrative moved to its conclusion. I thought the device of a rich, successful businessman employing his son-in-law to write his biography very odd. Surely most biographies are arranged to be written via a publisher? The character of The Lemur – a young researcher – was interesting and could have been developed further but he was only present for a few pages. I didn’t feel I could care about any of the other characters. Hard to believe this was by the same author as The Untouchable and The Book of

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