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Too long, poorly edited
am 19. Januar 2015
Read only her "Martin Misunderstood", a very funny novella indeed, before this annoying book with not a single character to sympathize or bond with.
Found the first 150+ pp of this crime novel set in 1974, truly shocking. It depicts the first working day of Kate (a young Jewish widow of a Vietnam fighter) facing the hazing and pinching, drinking on duty and racism, sexism and homophobia of Atlanta, GA's police force. But the book truly begins with a chaotic, early morning portrayal of the Lawson's, a cop family living in a derelict house: Maggie and brother Jimmy wear uniforms; their horrible, hard-drinking uncle Sergeant Terry Lawson often intrudes on their breakfast. And uncle Terry has news: Jimmy's partner Don was badly hurt during an ambush, but Jimmy was unhurt and carried him twenty blocks to the nearest hospital. But Maggie has doubts...
Read this tale of police bigotry, planting evidence, free-loading, and poorly-followed police procedures, with growing distaste. Midway, the quality of writing and plotting deteriorates, with chatty, over-long chapters, irrelevant asides about the Lawson's' deaf neighbour, Kate's family and her falling for "Dr. Zipless". Serious editors would have excised much of this, tempered the book's relentless foul mouthing and improved on its violent showdown, now hard to follow or believe. And have checked if Amsterdam was really bombed to ruins in 1940. (It was Rotterdam...)
KS is a "liberal" with a sledgehammer touch. Am proud of myself to have read this ordeal of a book to the bitter end. It was hard work. Not recommended.