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‘The Sound of Sirens’ Book Review

David Carter is one of the most intriguing, interesting and talented authors I have encountered on Amazon, and his previous book, ‘The Life and Loves of Gringo Greene’ remains a huge favourite, right along Vonnegut’s ‘The Breakfast of Champions’ and Heller’s ‘Catch-22’. His new book, ‘The Sound of Sirens’ is again a staggering literary home-run.

And all I can say is “WOW”.

‘The Sound of Sirens’ is a compelling page-turner right at the get-go—read the first few pages, and see if you could look away from that assassin’s mistake, from the dead face of the man he thought was the guitarist—you immediately know you’re in for a wild ride, with author Carter deftly herding you through the novel’s many twists and sub-arcs.

And it’s only fitting that Carter creates a “Sherlockian” (is that even a word?) hero in Walter Darriteau—yes, ‘The Sound of Sirens’ is a crime-suspense novel with Walter at the center, complete with a cast of characters that make the reading experience deeply satisfying—from the sassy but attractive female reporter, the “hot” cleaning girl, the understanding and self-suffering sergeant, they all revolve around Darriteau as he tries to solve the murder case and grapples his way out of what turns out to be a huge, far-reaching crime.

What’s more, there is the trademark David Carter humor—not the laugh-out-loud kind, but the kind that burbles thinly underneath the plot with enough consistency to serve effectively as comic relief from all the mounting tension.

Overall, this is a well-written novel worthy of a writing award—Carter has again demonstrated he’s at the height of his powers, and that there are a lot more awesome things up his sleeve. ‘The Sound of Sirens’ is an absolute page-turner that fans of the genre must not miss. A solid five-star rating for this one.


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