Nimrod's Shadow by Chris Paling

Nimrod's Shadow

Chris Paling

This is not a simple 'whodunit'. Amongst the characters, there is less searching for the murderer and more questing for personal fulfilment. The quirky sense of humour surprised me and encouraged me to read on and find a deeper meaning in the story.

Extract

There was in all of Reilly's work, a sense of melancholy, menace and a number of questions unanswered. When Reilly's work was first remarked upon, the critic Gower suggested that he represented those small moments before the larger, more significant moments of our lives. Reilly would not have disputed it. He would occasionally have like to represent the larger moments, but these never seemed to come to him.

Parallels
  • The Long Firm by Jake Arnott
  • Any Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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