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The exposition that creates the world of a new series character - lots of exposition but worth your time
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
And Then She Was Gone is an expository story for an entire series with a mystery thrown in for good measure. Read this & then enjoy the stories that follow. Using the exposition laid out here, he initiates the arc that is the story of Jack and Replacement that plays out in the other novels without getting in the way of those stories.
While published after the start of the series, this story is the begining of the Jack Stratton stories. While the exposition of the book drags some what, stay with it. It lays a great deal of ground work that adds to the enjoyment of not only the rest of this book, but to the series as a whole. Published after other books in the series, it is first in the chronology of these characters. Also, judging from the writing, I have the feel that this was indeed written fist in order to create the world of this series. For this reason alone, it should be read first and is most worth reading.
This book, like the rest of the series, are not great works of detective/cime fiction. However, they are very entertaining stories that are rather well crafted. I have read all of the Stratton stories now. I would rate the entire series as four star - solid, entertaining and most enjoyable. This may be the weakest of the series, but when joined with the others it adds to the reader's understanding of Jack and Replacement & the world in which they live.
This book has another strength - it is not overly long. Frequently, when reading contemporary mystery fiction I ask myself why does this story have to spread out over more than 300 pages. Good crime fiction is tightly written - use that blue pencil and keep only that which is central to the story. For this alone, Mr Greyson deserves our appreciation. He avoids the flacid filler of so many writing in the genre currently. Just tell the story - in this there are many who should follw the example of Mr Greyson.