Top positive review
Great read, with some forgivable flaws
6 November 2015
He's a chain smoking virtual alcoholic and she's a semi anorexic who can't stop crying. Together they fight crime in the Great Wen. The result is a highly diverting page turner, which is no small praise for the author. Part of their problem is that while they are obviously made for each other, circumstances and authorial intervention keep them apart. Their relationship provides most of the tension in this story, as the plot, while serviceable, is a bit creaky and the denouement especially so.
Don't want to be too critical because this is still a great read, especially for someone who loves London and appreciates the Cook's tour provided by this book. One query though: Robin seems to encounter low level sexual harassment wherever she goes. She only has to sit down in a pub for five minutes before some creep tries to come on to her. In one bit she walks past a gang of workmen who whistle and make lewd remarks. The last time I saw anyone wolf whistle a woman in the street was about 1970. I don't believe that this level of behaviour is at all common these days (but I am an old bloke so I could be wrong).
Anyway, suffice to say I can't wait for the next episode in which I hope Robin and Strike get together and she cuts down his drinking, stops his smoking and makes him eat something healthy and he gets her to eat more and be happier. I suppose this would signal the end of the series, though, and we don't want that to happen yet.
One more thing I like about this book is the total absence of firearms. OK there are some horrible episodes involving knives but at least the Poms don't seem to be half in love with easeful death as delivered through the barrel of a Smith and Wesson .38 as do the Americans - I had to stop watching Fargo because of this sick infatuation with guns and shooting people.