RARA-AVIS: Slaughter Music

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 03 Nov 2004

Just finished Russell James's SLAUGHTER MUSIC. It's been highly praised here but I could find nothing to admire in it. I found the story itself to be uninteresting. I thought the characters were uneven and unconvincing. He concentrated on Hawk and Al's wife and left other important characters in the shadows. I thought his movement into the past of Hawk and Al's wife to be ineffective. I found no grace, no beauty, in James's style. The ending was uninspired.

I'm really at a total loss to think of anything I liked about it. When I think of the greats in hardboiled and noir that I've read, I find nothing in James's novel that compares favorably.


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