[Reading] ➹ Instruments of Darkness By Robert Wilson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk


Instruments of Darkness Back in the 90s I had to order Robert Wilson s Bruce Medway novels from the UK Now you can find them in the US, though probably still only online This is the first of the quartet, followed by The Big Killing Blood is Dirt and A Darkening Stain These four books are a lothardboiled than Wilson spopular novels starting with A Small Death in Lisbon, first published in 1999 Medway is a burned out Brit living in Benin, working as a fixer for all sorts of unsavory clients who hav Back in the 90s I had to order Robert Wilson s Bruce Medway novels from the UK Now you can find them in the US, though probably still only online This is the first of the quartet, followed by The Big Killing Blood is Dirt and A Darkening Stain These four books are a lothardboiled than Wilson spopular novels starting with A Small Death in Lisbon, first published in 1999 Medway is a burned out Brit living in Benin, working as a fixer for all sorts of unsavory clients who have to deal with the equally corrupt governments of West Africa.Medway makes Philip Marlowe look like lightweight Wilson s prose is like Chandler on steroids, muscular and chiseled I give these books 5 stars not because they re the best detective fiction ever written though they re up there , but because there s nothing else quite like them If you re weary of American psycho killers or British cozies, give these a try If you like pot boilers with femme fatales and dead bodies, wise guy tough guys and bullying bad guys, then this one is well done, and for you It is not really my kind of book, and I do not want to leave a bad review because I do not care for the stylistics of the genre Read this book in desperation for reading around the world project, could not find anything affordable or by a native writer for Benin I feel like I did get a good feel for what it must be like to be an expatriot living in Ben If you like pot boilers with femme fatales and dead bodies, wise guy tough guys and bullying bad guys, then this one is well done, and for you It is not really my kind of book, and I do not want to leave a bad review because I do not care for the stylistics of the genre Read this book in desperation for reading around the world project, could not find anything affordable or by a native writer for Benin I feel like I did get a good feel for what it must be like to be an expatriot living in Benin, which was not really the point, but the author does a good job of describing the character and scenery of the country Bruce and his co hort Moses are fixers of somewhat shady business deals, and through the hijacked delivery of some rice find themselves involved in a murder inquiry Sent by his boss to find a missing colleague, Bruce finds a suspicious connection to a murder of a French woman, gets tied in with some other shady characters and a Benin police officer, and struggles to balance a relationship with his girlfriend visiting from another African country There are doublecrosses, femme fatales, animal suffering, and Black stereotypes aplenty The ending is a surprise, and the plotting, while convuluted, is handled well If you like this sort of thing, you will enjoy I ve got my eyes open for non cozy mysteries and thrillers that are located somewhere else andexotic.When I saw this book, I couldn t just pass it since I had enjoyed A Small Death in Lisbon by the same author But the books are completely different.Instruments of Darkness has Bruce Medway, a British expat, a fixer as its hero Bruce makes Philip Marlowe look like Miss Marple Take a thrilling mystery with a hero a bit like Philip Marlowe, but make himhard boiled, and add 10 % Th I ve got my eyes open for non cozy mysteries and thrillers that are located somewhere else andexotic.When I saw this book, I couldn t just pass it since I had enjoyed A Small Death in Lisbon by the same author But the books are completely different.Instruments of Darkness has Bruce Medway, a British expat, a fixer as its hero Bruce makes Philip Marlowe look like Miss Marple Take a thrilling mystery with a hero a bit like Philip Marlowe, but make himhard boiled, and add 10 % The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatisse and 10 % of The Maltese Falcon and a lot of other ingredients, place it in hot West Africa and you ll get there.Bruce Medway is a fixer, meaning he does odd but legal works for people who don t want to do something themselves, or who want to get him do something When one of the gigs goes sour, he s asked to locate another British expat, Steve Kershaw The rest is hunting down Kershaw, and then finding out who killed him Despite being hard boiled, Bruce has lots of verbal humor West Africa gives an interesting atmosphere very hot climate, lots of corruption everywhere taken into account And there is a wonderful gallery of shady and interesting people in the book This book takes places in West Africa, including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria The characters travel through those places in a car The heat is tangible as is the sound of the air conditioners and the difficulty breathing when the air conditioners are not working One can feel the humidity and the sweat that oppresses the people Bruce Medway is a fixer, mostly for white businessmen who may be involved in some shady dealings He is asked to find out what happened to Steve Kershaw who seems to This book takes places in West Africa, including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria The characters travel through those places in a car The heat is tangible as is the sound of the air conditioners and the difficulty breathing when the air conditioners are not working One can feel the humidity and the sweat that oppresses the people Bruce Medway is a fixer, mostly for white businessmen who may be involved in some shady dealings He is asked to find out what happened to Steve Kershaw who seems to have disappeared In the process Medway and we meet many shady characters One is also amazed at Bruce s physical stamina He is repeatedly beaten over a short period of time with his life being threatened as he discovers various dead bodies while he tries to find out what happened to Kershaw There are also a variety of women from the sinister Madame Severnou to some femme fatales to Bruce s girl friend Kershaw s wife has a touching speech about how hard it is for a plain woman to see everyone watch all the pretty ones Bruce is helped somewhat by an eccentric policeman, but mostly he has to try and find out who keeps threatening him on his own Who is pulling the various strings that keep tripping him up There are surprises along the way, casual sex and an unbelievable number of beatings This is a combination of a mystery and a thriller The first two hundred pages setting the complex scene with the last hundred filled with unbelievable and confusing action The reader is confused that anyone can be as brutalized as Medway and not only survive, but prevail There are revolutionaries, corrupt police, sadistic killers and much violence to conclude the tale Five star to the atmospheric descriptions of life in West Africa It made for a compelling background, and the region came across vividly Something different, an opportunity to travel in spirit to a far away land at a time when one cannot walk to the corner of the street.Three stars to the style language Yes, the quality of writing is solid, but I found it a bit overdone it isChicago 1930s than present day West Africa.Four stars to the plot engaging, but some of the twists were confu Five star to the atmospheric descriptions of life in West Africa It made for a compelling background, and the region came across vividly Something different, an opportunity to travel in spirit to a far away land at a time when one cannot walk to the corner of the street.Three stars to the style language Yes, the quality of writing is solid, but I found it a bit overdone it isChicago 1930s than present day West Africa.Four stars to the plot engaging, but some of the twists were confusing, and in a few cases they were left hanging Overall, I quite liked this book It has strengths in the mystery that develops not initially obvious , the characters from the quickly drawn to the fully developed they are all quite full fleshed and believable and the mouth of the central character and narrator he s got a smart mouth on him reminiscent of Sam Spade And it has weaknesses These I found to be most annoying in the beginning The greatest is also one of the books strengths Every paragraph, and sometimes it seems like every Overall, I quite liked this book It has strengths in the mystery that develops not initially obvious , the characters from the quickly drawn to the fully developed they are all quite full fleshed and believable and the mouth of the central character and narrator he s got a smart mouth on him reminiscent of Sam Spade And it has weaknesses These I found to be most annoying in the beginning The greatest is also one of the books strengths Every paragraph, and sometimes it seems like every sentence, is over burdened with smart quips They don t all work though surprisingly for the sheer number of them, most do and it makes for tiring reading The other is the white gaze upon Africa Perhaps understandable from a target audience perspective white European and North American , but I was painfully aware for the first half of the novel as the tension ratchets up, that an African would experience it all quite differently And when a smart, tenacious African investigator shows up, I had hope that we would at least getAfrican input into the story But such was not to come to pass.The last half of the book is near perfect tension and case resolution I am definitely looking to continue the series From The Author Of The National Bestseller A Small Death In Lisbon And The Company Of Strangers Comes Wilson S Compelling First Novel, Never Before Available In The United States Bruce Medway S Existence As A Fixer And Troubleshooter Had Been Tough, But Never Life Threatening Until He Crossed Paths With The Mighty Madame Severnou His Life Becomes Even Complicated By His Search For A Missing Fellow Expat, Steven Kershaw Against A Backdrop Of Political Disruption And Endemic Official Corruption, Medway Pursues The Elusive Phantom Of Kershaw Instruments Of Darkness Powerfully Evokes The Atmosphere, Politics, And People Of West Africa With Medway S Ironic Voice, Flashes Of Humor That May Recall Raymond Chandler, And Unforgettable Characters, This Compulsively Readable Thriller Is The Beginning Of A Remarkable Series BOOKS ✫ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas Author Paul W. 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Nolan – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk This Compulsively Readable Thriller Is The Beginning Of A Remarkable Series The author captures so many aspects of West Africa the steamy climate and luxuriant greenery, the endemic corruption, the glittery sham of expat life, the maddening bureaucracy, and the teeming squalid nature of the cities and wraps them up in a gripping page turner. It was ok I enjoyed some of his other booksthan this one. Very much a man s book, this story of a fixer in West Africa was overly descriptive and not really my cup of tea It does however tick off Benin on my ATW challenge


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About the Author: Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson has written thirteen novels including the Bruce Medway noir series set in West Africa and two Lisbon books with WW2 settings the first of which, A Small Death in Lisbon, won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1999 and the International Deutsche Krimi prize in 2003 He has written four psychological crime novels set in Seville, with his Spanish detective, Javier Falc n Two of these books The Blind Man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned were filmed and broadcast on Sky Atlantic as Falc n in 2012 A film of the fourth Falc n book was released in Spain in 2014 under the title La Ignorancia de la Sangre Capital Punishment, the first novel in his latest series of pure thrillers set in London and featuring kidnap consultant, Charles Boxer, was published in 2013 and was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger This was followed by You Will Never Find Me in 2014 The third book in the series, Stealing People, will be published in 2015 Robert Wilson loves to cook food from all over the world but especially Spanish, Portuguese, Indian and Thai He also loves to walk with dogs and people, too.