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Dead Man's Brother Mass Market Paperback – 27 May 2011
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- Publisher : Hard Case Crime (27 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857683632
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857683632
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 1.8 x 17.15 cm
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Well... It shares a number of characteristics in common. There are the unmistakable attention-grabbing chapter openings and the well constructed sentences. There are the extremely, if occasional, long paragraphs such as a main character delivering plot exposition for a page and half without a break. There's the not always sympathetic character who (like the author at the time) smokes a lot -so many I was surprised he wasn't dying of lung cancer by the end of the book. There's the casual erudition and display of knowledge which is relevant to the plot -in this case Paintings (with a capital P for Art). And the purveying air of cynicism by the protagonist.
Otherwise... It's a moderately efficient thriller which wouldn't have been harmed by about 10,000 words of pruning. There's a twist which I'm sure Zelazny was neither the first nor the last to use and which I spotted early on. The story develops into something more and morally higher than it first appeared which you will have to find out for yourself as I'm not doing any spoilers here.
I had to make a little effort to keep reading early in the book but by the end was racing through it. However, the answer to the question mooted above is: no. Whatever this novel's virtues and it does possess them, Zelazny does not bring the magic apparent in his Science Fiction and I speak as someone who has just ordered the first four volumes of his complete short stories and whose favourite novel is Lord of Light. I also speak as someone who enjoys crime novels a great deal.
You aren't wasting your time buying this, and it is a nice pulp-pastiche edition from Hard Case Crime, but you aren't getting the real Roger Zelazny.
Vielleicht nicht überraschenderweise erledigt Zelazny diese Aufgabe mit gewohnter Bravour, auch wenn ich meine, dass man bei aller schriftstellerischen Finesse merkt, dass er sich hier abseits seiner Haupttalente bewegt. Dieses Buch ist gut, aber meiner Meinung nach nicht ganz so gut wie seine sonstigen Werke ... einen festen Platz in meiner privaten "Zelazny-Bibliothek" bekommt es aber auf jeden Fall. Wieso findet sich eigentlich kein Verleger, der die älteren Titel dieses fantastischen Autors wieder neu auflegt?