Thursday, June 17, 2010
Fury by G.M. Ford (Pan, 2001)
Fury is a perfectly competent crime thriller, well written and structured, and it passes a pleasant few hours. The plot is tight, the characters well drawn, and the dialogue and relationships realistic. But there is little to make it stand out from the pack. The story did carry a certain amount of tension, but is fairly predictable and the characters familiar. And, for the most part, the investigative and police procedures seem credible, though there were a few points at which I had to suspend belief (I won’t give spoilers). In a crowded market I guess it’s difficult to find a niche and produce something truly original (and I'm as guilty of that in my own writing as anyone). That said, Corso is a fairly interesting lead character, as the tired, jaded, cynical former journalist who lives a loner life on a boat. Overall, an enjoyable read that runs with the pack.