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Five Decembers – tekijä: James Kestrel

Five Decembers (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: James Kestrel (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Five Decembers
Kirjailijat:James Kestrel (Tekijä)
Info:Hard Case Crime (2021), 432 pages
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Five Decembers (tekijä: James Kestrel)


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When the publisher offered me an advance copy of Five Decembers he said, “. . . we're going to have the privilege of publishing one of the best books any of us has read in years. . . . “ I was intrigued by the description of the story; I do love a good detective story, WWII is one of my favorite time periods to read about, and the classic crime feel of it was promising so I readily agreed. But I have to admit that I was a little skeptical that I would be reading one of the best books I had read in years. I was expecting a good solid crime novel with an old-time edge to it. What I got was - one of the best books I have read in years. James Kestrel has written a superbly crafted complex tale that takes you on a journey across time and continents with characters you won’t soon forget.

The beginning of the story is routine and familiar: a slightly out of step detective with an interesting backstory and a crime that, while gruesome and more than meets the eye, will likely be quickly solved. But the beauty of Kestrel’s elegant, descriptive writing and plotting is that you soon realize nothing about this story is going to be routine. Joe starts investigating in Hawaii but events happen and off Joe goes to Hong Kong. Just when you think that now the case will be solved, more unexpected events occur and Joe ends up in Tokyo. Each location is painted with vivid detail, and along with the different locations come different people – and a difference in Joe’s capabilities and comfort level. Joe continues to collect and piece together clues to solve the murders but there is so much happening behind the scenes, and in the world at war that every step forward results in what feels like two steps back. And it takes Joe five Decembers to get through it.

Five Decembers was a totally unexpected delight. Joe McGrady is an interesting guy. Hasn’t always been a nice guy or done the right thing but he is strong, dedicated, loyal and determined to complete his mission and solve the crimes. The plot is so well structured that even though I was completely surprised at the turn of events several times I could always follow the thread, although everything didn’t make sense in Joe’s life it was plausible. Complex? Yes. But also consistent. Every event, every character, every scene had meaning and contributed to the more than satisfying conclusion. I don’t want to include any spoilers so I won’t add more detail, but James Kestrel has done something I never would have thought possible: combined sweet with hardboiled and made it completely believable. Amazing.

Five Decembers was exciting, passionate, haunting, sad – and hopeful. Thanks to Hard Case Crime for providing an advance copy for my honest opinion. I recommend it without hesitation and in fact strongly encourage you to read it. I cannot wait to see what’s next from this outstanding author. All opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Oct 26, 2021 |
Synopsis/blurb ...

Major new hardcover launch by an acclaimed author: a gripping thriller, an unforgettable portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story, on par with ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

Read this book for its palpitating story, its perfect emotional and physical detailing and, most of all, for its unforgettable conjuring of a steamy quicksilver world that will be new to almost every reader. Pico Iyer

December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a grisly homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, and though the U.S. doesn't know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already heading toward Pearl Harbor. This extraordinary novel is so much more than just a gripping detective story--it's a story of survival against all odds, of brutality and ruthlessness, of love and loss, all unfolding against the backdrop of the most cataclysmic conflict of the 20th century. Spanning the entirety of World War II, FIVE DECEMBERS is a beautiful, masterful, shocking novel that will live in your memory forever.
My take ...

An absolute banger of a book - breathtaking, addictive and a proper page-turner. Highly recommended. I doubt that I'll be able to do the book justice here. Trust me - just read the bloody thing.

We have a cracking story with a multiple murder investigation which straddles the slight inconvenience of World War II and the incarceration for our main character, the lead detective, Joe McGrady. He loses his liberty but finds something else by way of compensation.

Murder, investigation, loss, war, opposing sides with common goals, imprisonment, an alliance, secrecy, romance, the passage of time, solace, comfort, end of conflict, freedom, a resumption of enquiries, and a continued pursuit of justice and/or retribution.

I really loved this one. There's a tremendous sense of time and place with the book kicking off just prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Through Joe McGrady's war experiences we also see another side of Japanese society and some disquiet with the direction the country's leaders have taken Japan. After nearly five long years, we also view the devastation that war has taken on the country and on it's people with civilians bearing the brunt of America's military muscle.

As well as an ambitious overview of the times, there is also a sadistic and brutal double murder to be solved; one which has an impact on a personal level with the undoubted sufferings of the victims and the ongoing pain of their relatives.

One of the best books I've read all year.

5 from 5

James Kestrel is a pseudonym for a well-established author. Having done a bit of sleuthing to uncover his identity, I'm happy to say I have a couple of his books on the TBR pile already. I'll be bumping them a bit closer to the top.

Read - September, 2021
Published - 2021
Page count - 432
Source - review copy from publisher Hard Case Crime
Format - PDF read on laptop

http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/10/james-kestrel-five-decembers-2021.html ( )
  col2910 | Oct 11, 2021 |
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