A coterie of smooth-talking seriously evil heavies

Loved reading Robert Galbraith‘s latest Cormoran Strike novel, Career of Evil, for The Winnipeg Free Press’ weekend edition. Galbraith’s novels are extremely readable, if not “literary.” But I suspect all reviewers sometimes get a little tired of “serious” novels and need to mix it up.

Still debating whether or not I was within my rights as a reviewer to “heartily endorse” this novel. But listen, sometimes you just need a break. What’s a better break than a classic tale of likeable, relatable protagonists versus a clan of terrifically awful bad guys?

Crime fiction fans unite!


Mental minefield

I reviewed Anakana Schofield’s Martin John for the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend.

The novel has been short-listed for the Giller Prize and has been positively reviewed pretty well everywhere.

My review online is missing its opening paragraph due to a text/image mixup, so if you’re willing to spend $.27 to buy the piece, head on over to the Free Press after reading the intro here:

Martin John is one of those books that demands a great deal from its readers: namely, sustained attention to an unattractive character, the kind of person that is generally met with revulsion and rejection. But such is Irish-Canadian author Anakana Schofield’s talent—that she not only gains the reader’s interest but their investment in this figure’s motivations and wellbeing.

Update: the post has been fixed on the Free Press site.