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WEEKEND: BOOKS: Deranged killer strikes in the wake of 9/11.

Byline: Steve Chilton

Small Town by Lawrence Block (Orion, pounds 12.99)

THE clients of a homosexual house cleaner have an unnerving habit of ending up murdered after he has done and dusted.

He isn't the guilty party, though. Neither is the New York novelist the cops have down as prime suspect.

We know early on it's the deranged father unhinged after the 9/11 attack that claimed his family.

So the beauty of this book is not in the whodunnit but in the web of exotic (and erotic) supporting players. Characterisation, though expertly handled, doesn't in the end make up for a rather lame ending.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 10, 2003
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