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Marilyn StasioEver since the days of Agatha Christie, the great divide in the British detective story has been between plot and character. But even as the taut puzzle plot of the traditional mystery shrinks in importance and the character of the hero gains ground, readers keep sighing for the ideal balance to be struck. Which is why the novels of Jim Kelly are something of a find. His series hero, Philip Dryden, a small-town reporter, may be overburdened with personal issues…but the sensibility he brings to his sleuthing is refreshing.
—The New York Times