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The Grand Complication: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    Way too precious and artificial.

    I¿m truly baffled by reviews that call this book erudite and well-written. Maybe it¿s a case of damning with faint praise but I¿ll be a little less tactful and a little more direct. This book was a huge disappointment to someone who really wanted to like it and was looking forward to a mystery involving intriguing subject matter like reference librarians and the quest for ancient collectables. Aside from an few interesting glimpses into the bowels of the New York Public Library, this was a trite sophomoric effort from a writer I expected better from. The characters (major as well as minor) are little more than collections of cutesy mannerisms more suited to a sitcom than a novel, the prose is embarrassingly strained and self-conscious, and the plot is way too precious and over-calculated, full of improbable over-the-top machinations and developments that go nowhere. I¿ll give the author a few points for researching an actual case of watch theft, but the entire book left me with the feeling that the author spent every writing minute trying to impress readers with how cute and clever he was ¿ and the result is strained and artificial.

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