Title: Rocco and the Nightingale
Author: Adrian Magson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 314
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I liked this book quite a lot, and while there were occasionally parts that bored me a little, there were also some truly gripping passages, particularly towards the end, as the story heads towards its climax. The story line itself also felt pretty believable, although I’ll admit that there were a few bits here and there that I didn’t really understand, and I thought it was a great little crime novel – especially coming from an author I hadn’t heard of.
In fact, what’s interesting here is that this isn’t the first Rocco novel, and yet it still reads great as a standalone. In fact, I don’t even know where this fits into the series or how many other books there are, although I’d certainly be interested in knowing more. But that’s also a good thing, because it means if you haven’t read any of the other books, it doesn’t matter. You can get started with this one and see what you think, because I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone who’s into crime fiction.
What’s particularly fun here is the French setting, and perhaps it helps if you’re at least vaguely familiar with the North of France, like I guess I am having been there a few times. Magson does a great job of creating a sense of place while deploying his three-dimensional characters to good effect, and it all ends up feeling a bit like a game of chess between two grandmasters, but with armed French cops thrown in to make it all the more fun.
All in all then, I was pretty happy and it gets a thumbs up from me.