While a generally pretty easy read, you are
certainly going to want to immerse yourself in this book right from the outset,
otherwise you risk playing catchup throughout, so involved is the story. Yet somehow it is also a relatively simple
plot. In some ways the Russian Roma gypsy
identity of the story’s narrator seems a little by the bye; whilst this element
is explained in some depth, it seems little more than a cultural explanation of
the lifestyle choices of the characters; for the most part this is a pretty
standard crime caper about an art heist.
Lynn’s writing is articulate and easy to engage, with what I thought to
be a formulaic noir-thriller style, led by a first-person narrative and a fair
amount of sharply scripted dialogue. Lynn
indulges the events with a sparkly-eyed excitement, and if you become engrossed
in the tale, I’m pretty certain you’ll enjoy going on this ride with her.
In some ways not really my cup of tea
personally, and I admit that my attention wandered at times. Additionally, when I wasn’t really following,
I decided to rather than try to get myself back on track to simply keep going and
attempt to catch up; it just felt to me like one of those books where, after a
while, the story eventually just sort of evens out and catches itself up.
If you like mild threat American crime stories,
seasoned with old country flavouring, then this might just be right up your
street – though don’t expect profound cultural insight or a history lesson; for
the most part, The Forty Knots Burn has one priority objective: that is
to entertain. I think it does that,
professionally and eloquently, with gloss and style; Lynn is a good writer who
knows her craft well. Engage yourself
with her writing very early on, and I think that getting drawn into her world
of crime fiction will be a breeze – you can expect a good, fun read over a
night or two.
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