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Lockdown – tekijä: Peter May
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Lockdown (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Peter May (Tekijä)

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Jäsen:AdityaSharma
Teoksen nimi:Lockdown
Kirjailijat:Peter May (Tekijä)
Info:Quercus (2020), 416 pages
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näyttää 4/4
The blurb proclaims this book to be "The crime thriller that predicted the world in quarantine". The book starts with a note from the author saying that he originally wrote this book about 15 years ago and that publishers turned it down for being too far-fetched. Now that we are faced with the reality of a modern day pandemic the publishers decided that it was realistic and chose to print it. Call me a cynic but I think originally the publisher chose to pass on it because it is simply not very good, and then decided to publish it now as an attempt to cash in. It's not terrible, it's just not very good and feels like a first draft with minimal editing done. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 4, 2021 |
In his preface to this book, Peter May explains how, back in 2005 when the wrote the novel, the idea that a pandemic might be so serious as to throw modern societies into lockdown was seen as too ridiculous. As a consequence, publication was abandoned, and May put the manuscript aside for a while. Well, unfortunately history has proved those prospective publishers’ prejudices to be entirely misfounded, and we know all too clearly how devastating a pandemic can be.

I have read and enjoyed several books by Peter May, who has been one of the most prolific writers of recent years, although most of his early output was in the form of television crime shows. That apprenticeship has been very valuable, because it has taught him how to grab his viewers’ or readers’ attention right from the start.

Like Michael Connelly, may does not worry about literary frill. He just tells a story, and tells it well. Which is not to say the books aren’t well written. Again like Connelly, May writes with clarity and drive, and the reader is drawn into the story immediately.

In this instance, the scenario has the added savour of currency. London is in the grip of a serious outbreak of bird flu. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and the public have been subjected to curfew with people only allowed out for limited reasons. Urgent construction work is under way to convert a building site into a temporary hospital. While foundation piles are being sunk some human bones are discovered. Even the most cursory examination shows that they are of a child, and one who died only very recently. Harry MacNeil, who is on the cusp of retirement, is tasked with leading the investigation which is hampered rather than assisted by the emptiness of the London streets.

Macneil is a troubled man, with a broken marriage behind him, and a heavy burden of guilt weighing him down. His woes soon become far worse, although that serves merely to sharpen his focus.

As mentioned above, May’s writing is sharp and clear, which helps the reader’s suspension of disbelief. There are no diversions into consideration of characters’ personalities – the focus is on action, and the story moves rapidly forward. I don’t really have much more to say about this: it was a competent, page-turning thriller. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jan 18, 2021 |
After what we have all been through in 2020, and are still undergoing, this novel set in a global pandemic of bird flu is one that most of us can approach with some understanding. Self-isolation, public panic, and permits restricting us to our homes and local areas all ring bells. But this pandemic, admittedly not Covid-19 in origin, didn't just happen. Someone, something, caused it. And the world is waiting for a vaccine.

Jack MacNeil has decided that there has to be life outside his work, and so he has resigned, and now has only about 24 hours left to his working career. The bones in the bag will very likely be his last case and he is determined to solve it. When coincidences indicate that someone is tracking his every move, even protecting him against attack and robbery, he has to ask why.

At times the scenarios strained credibility but the characters and plot threads felt real enough. And with what we know of the "China virus", we might even ask some cynical questions about what has been happening in our world. ( )
  smik | Jan 14, 2021 |
Considering I've just finished reading this during the second lockdown of the Covid 19 pandemic it contains many topical coincidences which give the story a very relevant impact. The story and pace were good, I enjoy Peter May's writing and wasn't disappointed here. ( )
  laisyleeola | Nov 17, 2020 |
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