The Detective

The Detective

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New impression
  • 0552088374
  • 9780552088374

Review Text

When Simenon's Maigret sets out from the Surete to find his man, he wants to know all about him - what wine he drinks, how and why he parts his hair. In those brief novels, each detail assumes a larger significance. When Joseph Leland, a private detective, accepts the case from the pregnant widow of a suicide Colin MavIver, he explains that he must know everything about her and her late husband. All. In a long novel, this devolves into a lot about the sex lives of the people he interrogates - the ex-wife, the mother, the wife, the dead man. He approaches and they cooperate with the eagerness of strange but mutually attracted dogs meeting for the first time with recitatives of the history of Leland's own marital problems (psycho-sexual). The story, energetically told and voyeuristic, is actually a combination of two mysteries. One was more than a decade old. Leland had handled it when he was a policeman. It was a murder with mayhem case, the victim a homosexual, the convicted man his roommate. In pursuing the obscure reasons for Colin MacIver's suicide through many a detailed amateur psychoanalysis session, Leland ties up the old case and the new. Actually, the dead man's psychiatrist hands it to him on a plate in order to save himself from being implicated in a financial swindle. MacIver was sexually insatiable but his near nympho second wife was not enough. He also had a longstanding taste for young men and a connection with Leland's last triumph on the force. It's a man's amalgam of Peyton Place, mystery, a befogged critique of society and lots of explicit sex, both marital and grotesque. It will most certainly sell in any binding and to any medium. (Kirkus Reviews)show more