Saturday, 26 November 2011

CRIME REVIEW: Lily Bard 2: Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris

Release Date: 10/11/11


Lily Bard has started over in the quiet town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, as a cleaning lady. She works out her anger and the pain of her past with martial arts. For Lily, the gym is a place to get away from her troubles, not find more of them. But when she stumbles on the corpse of a local bodybuilder, his neck broken with a barbell, the town's underlying racial tensions begin to boil over. The white victim was connected to two unsolved murders of black residents in Shakespeare, and a dogged policeman is determined to stop the killing. Lily may have to decide whether to stay and fight for justice, or run away one more time.


Against the first book in the series this one is by far stronger allowing the reader to see that Charlaine learned the job on the run. The characters are crisp and believable, the plot line has all the hallmarks of a classic Harris title and above all else it’s the emotional interactions that make this a superior title all round. The descriptive is gripping, the prose fast paced and allows the reader only just enough time to hang on and the stories arc is one that wouldn’t be out of place in a number of timelines in the US.

Finally add to this a great sense of prose and dialogue that some writers can only dream of and this is a cracking title for the crime fan.

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