RARA-AVIS: Destroying Angel

From: Bill Crider ( bcrider@houston.rr.com)
Date: 15 Jan 2004

Someone recommended Richard Paul Russo's DESTROYING ANGEL as a book for this month's reading. The setting is San Francisco about fifty years in the future. It's not a pretty future, and the city's been devastated by climate change, cultural change, and plenty of other stuff. And if that's not bad enough, there's a serial killer on the loose. You'd think a serial killer would be pretty small potatoes, given all the other problems, but that's not the case, for reasons Russo explains. The book turns out to be more about the setting, the atmosphere, and the characters than the plot, however. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I enjoyed it and will probably pick up the other books in the series.

Bill Crider

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