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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Perfect Night by Peter Grimsdale

3. - 516.) Perfect Night by Peter Grimsdale – In 1995 Nick Roker is almost killed by an explosion of a boat in Sri Lanka on which were Greer Harmon, a beautiful British T.V. documentary host, and Rammel, a Sri Lankan arms dealer. Over 10 years later Roker, who has physically recovered but remains emotionally damaged, is being laid off as film archivist in a corporate cost cutting sweep. A judicial inquiry into the explosion of a highjacked jet is beginning and a documentary on the alleged mastermind, Malik, is being sought. Roker, frustrated over being made redundant, takes the final copy and finds the film edited to delete all images of Malik but for one ghostly frame. Malik was supposedly killed a short time after the highjack but Roker recognizes the image as Rammel very much alive years later. Having been fired Roker starts searching for the connections. His quest arouses powerful opponents. The action is swift and vicious. It is a good thriller. I was reminded of Le Carre though Grimsdale is not ready to be as grim as the master. I expect it would make an excellent Hollywood thriller. (Jan. 10/10)

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