Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre's core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this slight book's emotional peak, a luminous art
There's so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller by novelist Chad Taylor that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it's also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand
There is a creeping sense of a dark heart to the proceedings, rather like a David Lynch film...Taylor holds your interest amid a web of neatly drawn characters, urban myths and set pieces.
Smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get
April 2, 2007
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