King of Swords

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King of Swords

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Such was the acclaim that greeted Nick Stones amazing debut novel, Mr Clarinet , that a curious syndrome soon developed: if you hadnt read the novel (and claimed to have any interest in the crime genre), you had to say (to all who would listen) I really must read Mr Clarinet -- Ive heard so much about it! (preferably said with a pronounced guilty note in the voice). Su Such was the acclaim that greeted Nick Stones amazing debut novel, Mr Clarinet , that a curious syndrome soon developed: if you hadnt read the novel (and claimed to have any interest in the crime genre), you had to say (to all who would listen) I really must read Mr Clarinet -- Ive heard so much about it! (preferably said with a pronounced guilty note in the voice). Such people, of course, should do themselves a favour and actually read the book - the sprawling, ambitious Haiti-set phantasmagoria broke new ground in several provocative ways for the crime field. It also introduced troubled detective Max Mingus - a vividly drawn protagonist -- and now heres King of Swords , not so much a sequel to the debut novel, as a prequel with Max Mingus in his first terrifying encounter with his sinister nemesis Solomon Boukman. So the biq question: has Nick Stone matched that jaw-dropping debut? Initially, this seems a very different kind of book - the setting is the more familiar Miami rather than a surrealistically realised Haiti. But -- relax - this is just as strong and disturbing a book as Mr Clarinet . In fact, those seeking a comfortable read should steer well clear - but if youre looking for rough-edged crime fiction that will seriously unsettle you (and many of us seek exactly that), then King of Swords does the business -- look no further. And now -- how long do we have to wait for the third Nick Stone novel? -- Barry Forshaw

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Such was the acclaim that greeted Nick Stones amazing debut novel, Mr Clarinet , that a curious syndrome soon developed: if you hadnt read the novel (and claimed to have any interest in the crime genre), you had to say (to all who would listen) I really must read Mr Clarinet -- Ive heard so much about it! (preferably said with a pronounced guilty note in the voice). Su Such was the acclaim that greeted Nick Stones amazing debut novel, Mr Clarinet , that a curious syndrome soon developed: if you hadnt read the novel (and claimed to have any interest in the crime genre), you had to say (to all who would listen) I really must read Mr Clarinet -- Ive heard so much about it! (preferably said with a pronounced guilty note in the voice). Such people, of course, should do themselves a favour and actually read the book - the sprawling, ambitious Haiti-set phantasmagoria broke new ground in several provocative ways for the crime field. It also introduced troubled detective Max Mingus - a vividly drawn protagonist -- and now heres King of Swords , not so much a sequel to the debut novel, as a prequel with Max Mingus in his first terrifying encounter with his sinister nemesis Solomon Boukman. So the biq question: has Nick Stone matched that jaw-dropping debut? Initially, this seems a very different kind of book - the setting is the more familiar Miami rather than a surrealistically realised Haiti. But -- relax - this is just as strong and disturbing a book as Mr Clarinet . In fact, those seeking a comfortable read should steer well clear - but if youre looking for rough-edged crime fiction that will seriously unsettle you (and many of us seek exactly that), then King of Swords does the business -- look no further. And now -- how long do we have to wait for the third Nick Stone novel? -- Barry Forshaw
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Title King of Swords Height 11.2
Nick Stone Width 3.7
ISBN-13 9780141021072 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0141021071 Spine Width
Publisher Faber And Faber (penguin India) Pages 576
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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