RARA-AVIS: The Bugles blow

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Jan 2004

Finished Nicolas Freeling's THE BUGLES BLOWING on the return flight yesterday. It's about the investigation of a triple murder in France, written by Nicolas Freeling. I started it a long time ago but Freeling kept digressing from the story into tiresome essays on the French judicial system and I put it aside. When I came back to it Freeling returned to the story for a while and it got mildly interesting for a while, but it sagged again towards the end. The book probably doesn't even warrant discussing on the list. It had a modicum of toughness, but the amount of effort the characters put into avoiding being colloquial was phenomenal. There were certain scenes that were worth a smile, but the dialogue was dominated ad nauseum with obfuscation and obscure innuendo. I guess it was a point Freeling was trying to make. He made it over and over and over again. In the end I was just disgusted with it.

And what the hell was that ending all about? The general implication was obvious with the classified meeting and the "Shalom" but I didn't see all the pieces falling into place. It didn't make any sense.

Freeling gets two thumbs down.


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