From the first page I was hooked by the clarity of writing, lucid prose, gentle humour, interesting and well-described cast of characters, and an intriguing problem for my new favourite detective, Sebastian Dakar, to solve. Scott, his ‘assistant’ an inoffensive, if somewhat unimaginative young legal trainee stumbles along in his wake as Dakar uncovers truth by opening up the memories of suspects through calm, unflustered questioning and an imperturbable demeanour. It is such a fun yet thoughtful read that I found difficult to put it down. It is a rare pleasure for me to find a book that is not only well written, but contains gentle humour, wit and a large dollop of wisdom.
More like a 3.5 star rating. It is well written and a good mystery that keeps you guessing till the end. A bit slow and tedious at times. The character development was non existent right till the last page so felt a bit forced. Dakar was way too inscrutable to be real, but some funny moments too.