This book was published in 2013, I read it at the end of that year…and re-read it recently.
It deserves a review. Why? Read on.
Title: Straight Jacket
Author: Adrian Deans
Publisher: High Horse Books (7 August 2013)
Pages: Paperback, 278 pages
Genre: Fiction – Crime
What’s it about?
“If God is too indifferent, or too non-existent to take care of His creation, then clearly it’s up to Me.”
This is Morgen Tanjenz, a lawyer with a God complex, or maybe Devil complex… or simply misunderstood? As he intervenes in the lives of those around him, his life intersects with Detective Sergeant Peter ‘Blacksnake’ Fowler who has problems of his own not least the woman he loves is having an affair. With a serial killer on the loose, Fowler is under intense pressure, and the pressure valve is sure to explode when taunted by the likes of Morgen?
This is an edgy crime novel set in Sydney – dark and interspersed with moments of humour. The protagonist and other characters are quirky and believable, a twist from the usual crime novel characterisations. And what’s with the cicada on the book cover…and the reference throughout to these insects prominent in the Sydney-scape in summer?
Deans once again has enthralled his readers with his dark sense of humour and unusual perspectives. A book for those willing to explore difference and open to the less than beautiful side of life – its sexual overtones and drugs usage. Morgen is not a lovable character, I don’t think, but captivating. I want to be on his side. Compelling read as I begin to invest in Morgen’s life – curious to know what happens to him, not wanting anything negative to occur to him. Persuasive writing.
Definitely a worthwhile book to read, especially if you enjoy intense dark crime novels with drama and humour.
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
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