127. The Murder of the Century (Paul Collins)

Monday, December 12, 2011

At the turn of the century, in New York City, a gruesome crime has been committed and body parts are popping up all over the city.  A group of kids playing on a pier fish a headless torso out of the river.  Neatly severed limbs are discovered in an overgrown ditch miles away.  A duck pond has turned red with blood.  A convoluted love triangle and a murder involving a corpse who's identity is a mystery sets off a media frenzy amongst New York's major newspapers with reporters often uncovering more evidence than the local police.  Dismembered bodies, jilted lovers, trashy tabloid journalism.  It sounded right up my alley!

Given the sensational subject matter, I was disappointed with Collins' dry, boring style of writing.  While his descriptions of the main players paint them as a motley collection of over the top personalities - flamboyant, heartless, diabolical - the lack of passion in his writing about the events they're involved in makes it all fall flat.

Sadly, while this book had potential, it just didn't make the front page.  Don't necessarily give up on it altogether but move it to the bottom of your "I might read eventually if I ever find the time" list.

1 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a shame. It sounded like it had such potential.

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