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Acid Row [Mass Market Paperback]

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Book by Walters, Minette

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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
This was my first Walters book -- and I was very impressed! I would never have thought that reading about a riot could be so fascinating! And, also very disturbing... The way the plot is put together is very clever. It's like trying to pull apart a bunch of threads all mixed up together. I'm not that familiar with the state of affairs in the British society but, the lazy arrogant youth and bullies described in this book abound here in our major urban centres in Canada and the USA. Reading this book was like witnessing what would happen if your own fears materialized. The cast of characters was very well developed -- some you liked, some you loathed but none left you indifferent. It was stunning to see how the author managed to keep me keenly interested until the very end -- which, for once, was quite good and resolving. It's a very well written book, with great dialogues and a steady/simmering pace. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Typical March 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In typical middle-class fashion, Minette Walters depicts the lower classes as vulgar dolts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meltdown in the Projects Feb. 6 2004
By D. Lacy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Society breaks down in a housing project and a peaceful demonstration gets completely out of hand, as we follow the fate of a young woman doctor trapped inside a house with its inhabitants and a little girl who is missing.
While this was not exactly what I was expecting, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Walters is a master of character and suspense, which is a powerful combination that keeps the pages turning as if they had a mind of their own. There are multiple story lines, each as spellbinding as the last.
I do love Minette Walters other books, specifically Ice House, The Sculptress and Shape of Snakes. While this is not my favorite of the Walters book, I give it four out of five stars. If you haven't read any other of Walters' books, you may want to start with one of the other three, I just mentioned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mob rule in the slums Aug. 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story is gripping and the writing, excellent as usual but I'm getting very sick of reading about this almost sub-human strata of society. Two events occur which start a cycle of unstoppable violence.A young girl goes missing and a blabbermouth social worker lets it be known that a convicted paedophile is housed on the same working class estate, which is so badly designed that it forms a bottle neck, limiting entrance and entrance.An attractive young female doctor is called to the house of the paedophile to treat his ailing father and is held captive by them.When a group of women on the estate hold a march to protest about the presence of the paedophile, yobs take over and start to fire bomb the house where he is living. In the ensueing violence, several people are killed and a number of them injured in the panic to escape the streets. It's gripping reading but certainly not pretty and I find it difficult to work up much sympathy for these misfits of society who exist on public hand-outs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How Disappointing! Aug. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although the plot of this book was adequate for a mystery, the filthy language scattered aimlessly throughout the dialog was disgusting and distracting. Without the extra words serving any purpose, one must assume the author didn't have enough story to fill the pages of a book and augmented it with random distasteful verbalizations. Although one might be impressed with the author's obviously extensive knowledge of degrading human anatomical terms, it is beyond belief that the ignorant characters she portrays would have such knowledge.
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