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Fri, Jan. 20th, 2006, 05:36 am
Reading List: The Tarnished Eye

Read: The Tarnished Eye, Judith Guest.

Finally, a book I don’t have a problem writing a very short review of!  This novel takes the feel of a contemporary novel (the inconclusive vignette, the troubled relationship) and mixes it with a police-procedural mystery.  The results aren’t terribly successful.  In what I presume to be the name of “depth,” the author throws one too many red herrings at the investigator-hero.  This strategy just made me not care very much when the final twist was revealed.  On the other hand, I was looking for a fast-reading, amusing mystery when I picked this up, and that’s what I got.  The rural Michigan setting was well-conveyed and the characters certainly were less two-dimensional than in many books of the type.  Overall, it wasn’t bad - but I wouldn’t seek it out to read again, either.