The Skeleton RoadBook - 2014
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McDermid seems to reserve her best writing for the Tony Hill series of detective profiling books. She's capable of intricate sentences that control the pace of reading, and deeply felt, thrilling plots.
Not so with her other series and one-off books (although a few are excellent).
Skeleton Road could be described as a lazy effort. There is little plot here, and lots and lots of ponderous exposition through unconvincing dialog. The reader is told what to think. There is little narration, character development, or situations that support the themes.
The historic Serbo-Croatian conflict is given short shrift here, treated as a shallow background that's almost unnecessary since the killer could have done it out of jealousy. Too bad because I suspect something deeper could have been written if McDermid had made more of an effort.
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