Re: RARA-AVIS: Dark Angel, John Dale

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 17 Jul 2004

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:
> John Dale lays down a dark noir tale, but a number of
> details kept it from being a great book. With the
> exception of Buturov, the characters were a little
> thin. There were so many bad guys that the shift in
> focus was disconcerting. The narrative moved quickly,
> but with no surprises, and although I don't see irony
> as a required element, the story seemed weakened by
> the lack of it. There were some sections, such as
> Jack's midnight visit with Angela's father, that
> struck me as unnecessary. In the end, Dale's style
> failed to sustain the intensity that the narrative
> demanded, causing the fear and desperation to exist
> only on the surface, failing to deliver the bone-deep
> angst that good noir is famous for.


I've not read this title but your insightful comments here made curious about something. Did the book "read" like an early draft where the plot points weren't perhaps quite developed and the major characters weren't fleshed out?

Ed Lynskey


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