This was a very good story. It read very well, spoilt only, for me, by the language used at times, which was somewhat "earthy", but I guess that's the sort of language that is common in a criminal underworld. It takes place around different parts of central London, which helps bring an air of reality to it for anyone familiar with the city. An unsettling issue about it was the fact that even the hero in the story, who has to "disappear" to save his life gets involved in acts that in normal circumstances one would imagine he would not condone....Continua
Nothing intellectual –it's a 3.5 stars book, but it deserved 4 because even if I am not keen on easy reading I appreciated the story. The characters are very well defined and original (included the city of London which is, in a sense, one of the main characters).
Also the "sociological" aspect of the story is interesting: is it that difficult to change your identity?
What is it about William Boyd? His writing is solid, with well-contructed stories and always captivating. Another wonderful, soul-filling book.