This is a book that doesn't want to be pigeonholed. In part it is crime fiction because there is an unexplained death to which this book provides an imaginary backstory. It is equally a tale of espionage and counter espionage that brings in the security services of Australia, the UK, the USA and the USSR. And it is the story of the war in Southeast Asia and its aftermath.
It is not a 'literary' novel but it is a well-wrought page turner with well-researched background colour and a convincing narrative. Nothing would induce me to spoil the plot but I would advise readers to have patience. The early chapters move about from Hong Kong to Singapore to Indonesia and beyond, introducing a wide cast list and there are many puzzles: who are these people, what are they doing and how do they connect? This is no simple whodunnit. But Peter Bowes is an accomplished writer of short stories and his short chapters paint such convincing scenes that the story slowly comes together like a jigsaw.
There is also a lengthy afterword which sets out what is known about the actual body on the beach and which shows just how baffling was the evidence. It's quite fun to look back at Peter Bowes' story to see the use he has made of the many bewildering clues.
The author' style is accessible: conversational but literate. There is suspense but also wry humour. I plan to read it again some time, possibly on a long haul flight – the time will pass very quickly.
The Bookmaker from Rabaul (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/11/15
- 発売日 : 2016/11/15
- ペーパーバック : 426ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0995430217
- ISBN-13 : 978-0995430211
- 寸法 : 12.7 x 2.44 x 20.32 cm
- 出版社 : Bennison Books (2016/11/15)
- 言語: : 英語
Interesting take on a most interesting true story. Fiction first. Followed with facts. One not muddled up in any way by the othe2017年2月27日にカナダでレビュー済み
Great book with a fictional take that then includes all the facts! For anyone interested in this great mystery- A "must read"!