Tuesday, May 13, 2008

THE STOLEN: the first review is in

"Pinter's ambitious third Henry Parker novel opens as Daniel Linwood, 11, suddenly reappears on his family's front porch five years after being kidnapped. Parker, a young but seasoned New York Gazette reporter, snags an exclusive interview with Daniel and his overjoyed mother. But Daniel appears to have no recollection of his missing years, and something he absentmindedly says in the interview deeply rattles Parker—convincing him there's a sinister undercurrent to this feel-good story. Working with his ex-girlfriend, Legal Aid Society lawyer Amanda, Parker meets resistance from law enforcement officials, a popular politician and even his own editor. What he gradually uncovers involves seemingly disparate individuals with unexpected motives, desperate to keep their activities a secret. Parker's first-person voice dominates: it lists between Parker as gritty, desensitized journalist and young romantic who wants little more than to spend the rest of his life with one woman. The emotional dichotomy makes Parker a captivating and complex protagonist, one whose pithy observations about New York are dead on. Pinter's chunky plot, rapid pacing and credible dialogue do the rest."
--Publishers Weekly

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

"Chunky plot." I don't think I've ever heard that one before. Nice work. I recently finished THE GUILTY and enjoyed it a great deal. Looking forward to the new one.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks Rob. Funny you mention that, when I first saw the review I misread that line and thought it said, "clunky plot." Needless to say "chunky" is more positive, though it conjures up an odd image for sure.

12:14 PM  
Blogger laughingwolf said...

'chunky plot' means it's edible by fork, but use a spoon? weird choice!

7:21 AM  

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