Hidden Charges (英語) マスマーケット – 1993/5
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Yankee Green Mall attracts thousands of shoppers each day. The owners of the mall are planning to open a new pavilion but their plans go disastrously wrong when a technician is found dead in the centre's underbelly. Gradually it becomes clear that someone is planning to blow up the mall. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
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The plot is so thinly strung across the books' 350+ pages that you keep forgetting what it's about.
There are so many characters introduced that have nothing to do with the plot that I had to keep reminding myself that the book was not supposed to be about tight bodies and the incredibly boring details of how a shopping mall is run.
The formula: a collection of high school dating cliches, a look at mall life through the eyes of a security guard (the big news here is that they get sore feet) and a lecture about how union laborers are lazy and how security guards are smarter than "real" cops.
Oops, I forgot to mention: someone wants to blow up the mall. I guess it's because this fact gets lost in pages about thawing fish and changing your dress three times for a date.
The only mystery here is why this was published.