Don’t you just love an outspoken review now and again? This one caught my eye: from Jeremy Jehu in The Telegraph, published online on 11 October. Jeremy would like to see more adventure in what the big publishers publish, or less ‘dumbing down’. Make your own choice there, but a big shout out to the JJ!
by Adrian Dawson
546PP, Last Passage, £9.99 þþþþ Star rating: ****
* Big publishers enforce three rules of thriller-writing: don’t mix genres, don’t overtax readers’ tiny brains and don’t be funny. Adrian Dawson clearly knows this. Hence his second novel is a philosophical collision of sci-fi and gumshoe-noir with a devilishly tricky plot and a narrative bursting with sardonic laughs. It’s a brave challenge to the sneery notion that only stupidity sells in sprawling popular fiction and coolly achieves that elusive trinity of pace, intellect and charm.
The italics for emphasis are my own.