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Death's Door Mass Market Paperback – 1 December 2002
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- Publisher : Onyx Books; Reissue edition (1 December 2002)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0451410602
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451410603
- Dimensions : 10.16 x 2.54 x 16.51 cm
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I have to say that none of the others have had that same "Wooaaahhh" factor - not that they're badly written, quite the contrary, they just suffer from largely similar plotlines (imho). I've heard it said tat Slade works on 3 levels - psychological thriller, horror story and police procedural and all three of these themes are in "Death's Door". But the story rambles along, most of the villains are denoted by similar-styled nicknames (and, as usual, you only get to know which of the other, fleshed-out characters are, in fact, these bad guys as the story progresses.
After a good half-dozen books, I'm starting to find the police procedure a little over-familiar - it's often copied & pasted from one book to the next. Michael, I don't need to have the history and theory of DeClerque's "murder wall" display rolled out in *every* novel, give your readers some credit that they'll either already know it or will seek out other novels where they'll find it out!
I also think Slade has got onto an ascending spiral of brutality for his killings in his novels. It's as if each book attempts to out-gross the previous one in terms of how victims are killed, how undeserving they are of such cruelty and how much mess it causes. It's getting rather stale and it has certainly lost its power to shock a long time ago.
But, having apparently trashed the whole thing, I do have to say that, if you're not a regular follower of Slade, it's still a good read. He writes clearly and dramatically, the narrative rattles along and there's a satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed it for what it is. If you haven't read anything else by this author, you might find the whole thing fascinating. If you are, then you'll be on familiar territory and maybe, unlike me, you feel comfortable there, so knock yourself out. Me, I think I'll be taking a break for a few years before revisiting Mr Slade again.