Our Only Current Writer Who Can Induce Such Terror As The Grimm Brothers Did Times Literary Supplement A Real Chiller The Book Moves Rapidly From Beginning To End And Hitchcock Ought To Be Advised It Would Make A Heck Of A Movie Evening News He Is Certainly The Best British Novelist In His Field And Deserves The Widest Recognition Penguin Encyclopedia Of Horror And The Supernatural When A Dead Prostitute Is Found Floating In The River, The Local Police Assume It S Just Another Routine Murder But When It Turns Out The Woman May Have Been A Notorious East German Spy, General Charles Kirk And His Assistants, Michael Howard And Penny Wise, Are Called In From The Foreign Intelligence Office To Investigate Kirk Is Baffled The Evidence Of Numerous Impeccable Witnesses Proves The Murder Could Not Possibly Have Happened, And Yet There S A Dead Body In The Morgue To Show That It Did The Only Clue Is A Wooden Idol In The Form Of A Hideous, Misshapen Boy, Found In The Dead Woman S Room Soon Kirk Realizes That This Is No Case Of Espionage What He Is Up Against Is An Evil Centuries Old And Long Thought Vanished From The Earth And When Kirk And His Colleagues Get Close To The Truth, Can They Unravel The Mystery Before They Become The Next Victims John Blackburn 1923 1993 Was The Author Of Than Thirty Popular Thrillers In Which He Blended The Genres Of Mystery, Horror, And Science Fiction In Unique And Often Brilliant Ways Although Recognized As The Best British Horror Writer Of His Time, His Works Have Been Sadly Neglected Since His Death This New Edition Of Broken Boy 1959 , Blackburn S Third Novel, Includes A New Introduction By Greg Gbur. I m a bit disappointed to be honest Yes, I knew there were thriller elements here from the get go, and yet the problem with the book was it s rather not as good as I d hoped It may be unfair to compare it to a work Blackburn wrote ten years later, yet I am very much forced to compare it to Bury Him Darkly and find it lacking Where the latter is steeped in gothic atmosphere, while a great and bewildering mystery, very much shown to be sinister and quite unnatural, builds up to a truly fantastic and destructive climax, Broken Boy takes halfway through the book to even start dropping the red herring bog standard murder detection idea, and even then most of the rest of the book is just characters going back and forth, looking up house plans and expert opinions at museums, only to culminate in a murder conspiracy slash satanic cult.Sadly the cult is bereft of any real grandeur and all the potential nastiness of this sort of idea is mostly swept away since all this cult ever does is drive a woman insane to be their pawn and then worry about time tables and set ups to kill people and make false alibis Nothing supernatural of any sort ever happens in it, and the cult itself is a bit mundane beyond the first previously mentioned point.The most interesting part of the book is the very brief attention given to the rea
A good period read.
- 159 pages
- Broken Boy
- John Blackburn
- 12 October 2019 John Blackburn