Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Review of Smoked by Patrick Quinlan (2006, Headline Review)
I thought the opening chapter of Smoked was excellent. If the whole book had managed to keep up the same pace and style it would have been a cracker. As it was, the following chapters got bogged down in back story and manoeuvring characters into position rather than driving the story along, before picking back up in the second half. Once it does pick-up it careens along nicely to the end. Quinlan is particularly good at creating a set of larger than life characters that are well penned. Scenes are generally well told, especially those with action in, and the dialogue is credible. I can easily see the story converting to the big screen. Overall, a book that didn’t quite live up to the promise of the opening few pages but nonetheless an enjoyable read.