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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Review: The Perfect Woman

Happy New Year! And what better way to start the year on this blog with a book review.

The Perfect Woman sounds like a self-help book or some kind of romance, but is actually a police procedural. The novel revolves around two detectives, John Stalling and Tony Mazzeretti, who are rivals on the police force. When a serial killer goes on the loose, the two men are put together on the same team.

Stalling is clearly the book's protagonist, and the novel portrays a police detective's attempt to balance his life, his past, and his obsession with work and keeping killers off the street. Mazzeretti's a less well-rounded character, but as the story unfolds we begin to see the person behind the facade.

Unlike many police procedural, the novel gives you a clear idea of who the killer is right at the start, hence the novel reads more like a suspense genre book than a detective novel. The question is whether the police will catch the killer before he nabs another victim.

While a more than slightly entertaining first novel, there are moments when it feels like the author tried to cram more into the book in the name of "character development". I didn't feel my time was wasted reading the novel, but it didn't give me much that Silence of the Lambs didn't, for instance. But if you enjoyed that novel, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this one. Mildly recommended  as an airplane novel.

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