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Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders
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Like Poe, Gaiman has tried his hand at poetry and, like Poe, been almost entirely unsuccessful though some of the poems do well enough if treated as short stories punctuated for reading aloud. The fictions, marvellous in every sense, are more than enough.
The odd investigative team here is 'showbiz lawyer' Martin Jackson and detective Karen Gillespie. The crime is a double murder.
One victim is their former primary-school classmate, the other another classmate's father. The narrative is split between playground rivalry and police procedural, and though the childhood sections can be monotonous, the suspense is undeniable: I read it at a sitting.
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Brookmyre's antipathies towards the establishment - priests, teachers and crooked officials - are going strong, but are matched with a welcome complexity. Don't omit the Glaswegian glossary, where some of the funniest lines lurk. Who is the Wizard of the Crow, the shadowy magician and hero of the oppressed who has appeared in the fictional African Free Republic of Aburiria?