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Saturday 13 October 2012

Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks


Russell writes a good thriller novel; he  also writes a good short story. Three, in fact:  Crème Brûlée, To the Last Bite, and Shashlyk and Morozhenoe. The first and last feature Ridley Fox—a familiar face, as he’s the main character in Russell’s Pandora’s Succession.  And, as always, he’s in top form: focussed, clever, and not to be messed with.

We’ve all heard the expression ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’. In ‘To the Last Bite’, a chef knocks the socks off a scorned woman…I have a very sound piece of advice: take care not to upset a chef before you’ve sampled his food.

This was a most enjoyable read.  Small though these little snacks might be, Russell packs nice juicy filling ingredients of tension, suspense, and wryness, into them, leaving you pleasantly satisfied.

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