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PostSubject: "The Calling of the Grave" by Simon Beckett   Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:29 pm

Today I read the fourth installment of the David Hunter series by Simon Beckett. For those who haven't read the other three, rest assured that this novel can very well stand alone, though the others are very good. (And in my personal opinion, a few grades better than this one.)

The one thing that makes forensic anthropologist Dr. Hunter so very interesting is - his job. Scientific methods to examine corpses and determine their cause of death. The one thing that is missing in "The Calling of the Grave": Corpses. Or, in fact, anything remotely resembling forensics. Instead, the reader spends 400 pages following Dr Hunter through Dartmoor, which is not a very interesting place to begin with. Dr Hunter in his turn alternately follows a rapist/murderer (whose victims, tragically, remain unfound) and a woman. Most of the time it's unclear if he stays with this woman to protect her or to eventually sleep with her, but that doesn't really matter because he does neither in the end. (Which is a bit frustrating, really.)

Seriously, I love David Hunter. The first three novels are among my favourite thrillers. But this fourth one? I am sort of glad that I borrowed it from my mother before actually spending 20€ on it. Which is something that I rarely say of thrillers.


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PostSubject: Re: "The Calling of the Grave" by Simon Beckett   Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:56 pm

Thanks for the heads-up. I haven't read any Simon Beckett novels yet, but if I do I'll keep this in mind.

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