THE USUAL SUSPECTS
former police detective. Horowitz, the character and narrator, enters the frame, too. What happens next forms the rest of the story, which is an ‘unputdownable’ read meant to be devoured in one long sitting.
The Sentence is Death may be the second novel in the series, but even if the reader hasn’t read the previous book, they can read this as a standalone novel. Horowitz’s detective is an interesting man to know, and so is the author as he appears in the pages of the novel. Some other characters also catch our attention, which as expected, also include the suspects and police officers. Talking about the structure of his mystery novels,
Horowitz once told the Sydney Morning Herald, “'Think of a dartboard with a bullseye at its centre…'There is a crime, a murder, stealing or maybe a stabbing, that's your bulls-eye, rather small, and then you place the victim, the family and the friends in concentric rings.”
The Sentence is Death is a departure from that pattern. Written in his signature engaging prose, it is a lot more impressive than its predecessor. Read it on a holiday. You won’t regret it.
The episode of the murder slowly but surely leads into a labyrinth of intrigue and deceit