Monday, July 15, 2013
Review of Graveland by Alan Glynn (Faber, 2013)
Graveland is the third book in a loose trilogy that all feature the well connected, aging and secretive, James Vaughan and the tentacles of Oberon Capital Group, and a handful of other overlapping characters. As with Winterland and Bloodland, Glynn has written a well plotted, nuanced and layered political/financial thriller -- this time weaving together radical politics and Wall Street greed. And although there are several intersecting plotlines and subplots, Glynn guides the reader effortlessly through them. The telling feels polished, the prose and narrative thoughtfully crafted, and the style is all tell and no-show. The characterisation is nicely realised, with each of the principal characters vivid, complex and three-dimensional. Overall, a fitting end to the trilogy, that also closes off Glynn’s first book, The Dark Fields -- an enjoyable, cerebral, contemporary thriller.