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Blind to the Bones: A Crime Novel Hardcover – Oct 1 2003


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  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074323796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743237963
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,758,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I like serialized stories/novels. The return of characters that you know is something I look forward to. This book is no different. The whole series of these books are worth the time to read. Some are better than others but none are "bad" or "terrible".
This book starts off well and doesn't let up. I never give any plot lines in my reviews but suffice it to say, this is one of the better stories in the series.
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The action takes place in the Peak District of England, and
the author does a superb job of conveying the moods of that
district in particular and of rural English life in general.
Here, there is an especially sad and life-like story of a young
college girl who disappeared 2 years before the story begins,
and her parents cannot bring themselves to even consider the
possibility she might be dead. They always expect her to return, and they keep all of her things just as she left them,
so she can walk right back and take up where she was when she
left. They pester their neighbors and the police almost constantly, trying to goad them into further investigations,
and to further search their memories. To the police, the
case is too old, but then, suddenly, the girl's bloody cell
phone is found near her home, and both the parents and the police come alive with fresh hope. At least, for some resolution of the case.
Ben, the Det.Constable, in a different case, gets transferred,
on a temp. basis, to the Rural Crime Squad, and he has to
repeatedly question some reclusive, suspicious people, who are
all part of the same family. And they are among the most
close-mouthed and uncooperative people he has ever had to question. And nothing he does makes any impression on them.
So while his sometime-friend, and superior, Diane, the Det.Sgt.,
investigates the old case of the missing student, Ben slogs along working on his moody, suspicious clan. And neither are
making any progress, and more questions arise than can be answered.
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By A Customer on Dec 30 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed previous Stephen Booth novels but could barely bother to finish this one. Flat, one-dimensional characters, lifeless, implausible dialogue and a dull and muddled plot ruined what could have been an interesting addition to this series. There was no character development whatsoever and I felt I knew less about Diane and Ben at the end of the book than at the beginning.
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Format: Hardcover
I love British writers of mysteries. This was a new author for me, and like most British writers of mysteries and crime novels, he is very much in command of the English language at its best. Unlike American mystery writers who feel they have to insert a swear word every other sentence or feel their books with bloody mayhem...British authors, this one included, tend to use the language better and focus on the plot and characters. They get the attention of the reader through their language and many of them give good insight into the psychological reasons for the murders or crimes committed.
Booth started out well in this book, and it was not a bad read. It just took him forever to get to the point. I don't mind big heavy books, in fact, I read them all the time having to do with bioethics and medicine. But writing just to prolong the book, even if the language is well-written, does nothing to keep the attention of the reader. I half suspect Booth was trying to bring attention to some problems that the British are having with dealing with the complex sociological problems of small towns disappearing and people have no where to go being pushed out by greedy landlords. We have the same problems here in the U.S. and yet in the end, the information concerning this in Blind to the Bones had very little to do with the murder. In fact, more information could have been given concerning the murderer's psyche...but it came rushing in at the end.
I think I will try this author again, with some of his other, more praised books. See if this is a regular problem in his writings, or if it was just this one novel.
Karen Sadler
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