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Tuesday 14 February 2023

‘The Left-Handed Twin’ by Thomas Perry

Published by Head of Zeus,
7 July 2022.
ISBN: 978-80328487-3 (HB)

This is another Jane Whitefield story in which she continues her mission to help people disappear.  Her clients come to her for new identities, new lives where they won't be found. 

This suspenseful story involves a young woman Sara who needs to escape her murderous boyfriend who on discovering her new lover,  murders the man in front of Sara and who is consequently acquitted at his trial.  He is now intent on killing Sara and engages the help of some Russian crime brotherhood members. 

The plot involves an intricate and exhilarating chase through the north east of the United States. The terrain is well described, and the main characters are thoroughly believable.  

This book delivers non-stop suspense and action, and I honestly couldn't put it down.  It is both well written and relentlessly tense and I was on tenterhooks until the end.  A really enjoyable novel.

Reviewer: Toni Russell

Thomas Perry was born in 1974 in Tonawanda, New York. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime-time network television shows. He is the author of 21 novels. He won the Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

Toni Russell is a retired teacher who has lived in London all her life and loves the city.  She says, ‘I enjoy museums, galleries and the theatre but probably my favourite pastime is reading.  I found myself reading detective fiction almost for the first time during lockdown and have particularly enjoyed old fashioned detective fiction rather than the nordic noir variety.  I am a member of a book club at the local library and have previously attended literature classes at our local Adult Education Centre.  I am married with three children and five grandchildren.

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