RaveThe Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)... deft and ingenious ... doesn’t ignore these tropes, but it’s also a more thoughtful and interesting book than that ... if all that you remember of the original is the gunfight in the LA streets you can rest assured that Gardiner and Mann haven’t forgotten to give us plenty of action in the final act.
RaveThe Guardianclearly Ellroy is having a blast using wartime LA as his playground, with Nazi sympathisers knocking about with other diabolical and cynical grotesques ... Ellroy remains one of the most exciting literary stylists in the English language. If David Peace’s iterative, repetitious, circular method lies at one end of the prose spectrum, Ellroy’s dry, clipped, slangy, telegraphic style is its counterpoint ... worth the wait. Like all good jazzmen, Ellroy works very hard indeed to make his music flow so easily.
PositiveThe GuardianGunther is the perfect world-weary investigator for the glittering, doomed demi-monde of Weimar Berlin ... Wonderfully plotted, with elegant prose, witty dialogue, homages to German Expressionism and a strong emotional charge, this is a bittersweet ending to a superb series.
RaveThe Irish TimesBurns’s agenda is not to unpack the dreary tribal squabbles that so characterised Troubles-era Northern Ireland; rather she is working in an altogether more interesting milieu, seeking answers to the big questions about identity, love, enlightenment and the meaning of life for a young woman on the verge of adulthood ... in its intricate domestic study of a disparate family there are agreeable echoes of Chekov, Tolstoy and Turgenev ... it is an impressive, wordy, often funny book and confirms Anna Burns as one of our rising literary stars.