What a ride. The story grabbed me from the start, and is a wild and well-paced tale right to the end. Excellent character and place description, an alarming cast of corrupt characters, extreme violence, and a complicated plot that unfolds exactly as it should.
I kept stumbling over the constant use of lie instead of lay; for example, ‘he lie with his head on the judge’s lap.’ ‘He lie on his back and he choked on the puke…’.
There’s plenty of good advice, and loads of political and social observations with which I agree. While the story is timely and the social criticism valid, I found the characterisation of the boys a little unbelievable. The few I’ve met are not so insouciant; more feral and fearful and neurotic.
The major fault for me in the story is the lack of a good gay guy. All the decent adult males are heterosexual, all the other males are child molesters. An uninformed reader will draw the conclusion that all adult male homosexual men are paedophiles, whereas, statistically, heterosexuals are twice as likely to be child molesters than gays. In other words, your boy is twice as safe with a gay, than your daughter is with a heterosexual.
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