Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Bloody Harvest by Richard Kunzmann
I muddled through the first 112 pages of this novel, never quite being able to determine exactly what bothered me about it. Maybe it’s the third person present tense prose, or the overused racial dichotomy of the lead detectives. Perhaps it was because the main character and especially his wife annoyed me so. It was probably all these things plus a few more I still haven’t been able to put into words. Whatever the case, I soon found I couldn’t put it down. There was a good mix of character development and action. I do not need frequent gun battles in my novels but in this case it provided a break in what easily could have become a tedious melodrama. The story not only encompasses the intertwined cases of the Murder and Robbery Unit but also the melding of traditional African rural society and Western Urbanization and those who are forced to accept a place there.