Balkind has created a character who is a believable, flawed and ultimately likeable. Reid is unashamedly human and personality development actually made me smile.
The golf passages were beautiful. I felt like I was on the fairway with them. The pressure, the feel, the elation of a sweet hit. Well presented. Made me want to get out there immediately.
The climax was sharp and unexpected. I enjoyed the shock of it. Great!
A minor negative: I lost track if all the characters. Too many without memorable personalities. Of course, I realised after a while they were incidental and there only to build the tension but for a while I tried keeping track of everyone.
Often in crime novels I'm annoyed when the plot deviates from the 'action' or main story. In Sudden Death it was a pleasant aside, introducing some characters I hope to meet again. In particular, the advertising campaign. Well orchestrated and described, I could see the set and you had me completely believing this was a real promotion.
A great novel, easy to read, ultimately enjoyable.