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eBook Storm ePub

by Boris Starling

  • ISBN: 0002257823
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Boris Starling
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia; ANZ/SA Only Ed edition (2000)
  • Pages: 496
  • ePub book: 1720 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1744 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 696

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Boris Starling (born 1969) is a British novelist, screenwriter and newspaper columnist. Starling has written seven crime novels. His first book, Messiah, was published in 1999. Notable for its fast pace and high levels of gore, Messiah was a commercial and critical success, reaching both The New York Times and the official UK bestseller lists. It was subsequently adapted for television by the BBC, with Starling taking a cameo role as a murder victim's corpse.

From Publishers Weekly

From Publishers Weekly. At the start of this smart, intriguing puzzle from British author Starling (Vodka), Herbert Smith, "once of the British Army, latterly of MI5" and now a detective with "the Metropolitan Police's Murder Squad," draws the case of a drowned man found in a Hyde Park pond. Normally, this would be a rare occurrence, but it's 1952 and London is gripped in a fog so miasmic that stumbling into a pond can easily be written off as a simple accident

Boris Starling graduated with a First from Cambridge and went on to an illustrious career with Control Risk organization before turning to writing full-time

Boris Starling graduated with a First from Cambridge and went on to an illustrious career with Control Risk organization before turning to writing full-time. An avid triathelete, Boris was the youngest ever participant to reach the semi-finals of Mastermind with his special topics of Tintin and the novels of Dick Francis.

Elemental rage, bloody Greek myth, man's greed and capacity for cruelty, the insane imaginings of a killer, all intermingle in this stunning new thriller from the bestselling author of Messiah to create a novel of stunning ferocity. A storm-tossed crossing on the North Sea; a catastrophic ferry accident; hundreds dead. Detective Chief Inspector Kate Beauchamp is one of the survivors but her ferocious fight to stay alive brings with it a high cost: a burden of guilt that she should live while some of her friends died; a terror of water; a frozen inner core that never seems.

It opens with the discovery of a bomb on a ferry travelling from Norway to England, and then the sinking of that ferry. Over 300 people die in the tragedy. On board was DI Kate Beauchamp (who y ou may remember from his last book, Messiah). Fortunately, she is one of those that escapes. Normally, this would be a rare occurrence, but it's 1952 and London is gripped in a fog so miasmic that stumbling into a pond can easily be written off as a simple accident

Comments

Bladebringer Bladebringer
When Kate Beauchamp, Detective Chief Inspector of the Aberdeen Police awakens in a sinking ferry boat she faces a night of horror that claims hundreds of lives. Returning from an amateur theater tour in Norway, and saved only by good luck and the skill of a friend, she arrives back in Aberdeen in a state to be reckoned with. Unable to feel comfortable alone, she copes by burying herself in work. The case she finds herself dealing with is a hideous torture murder, the hands and feet cut off, and a black adder tied to the victim's chest. The second murder is even worse than the first, but good clues are almost impossible to find. To add to Kate's mental stress, her estranged father turns up as the lead inspector investigating the sinking of the ferry Amphitrite.
If Kate Beauchamp is stymied, Frank Beauchamp finds a trail of clues that first seem confusing and then come together to reveal that behind the tragic sinking lies a nightmarish crime. One that points to unexpected high places. Everyone involved seems to conspire to keep him from the truth, and the mind behind the crime is willing to kill him to keep its secrets. This side of the tale will appeal to those that love police procedurals, especially as it includes several underwater trips as well as especially fine detection. In the end it appears that Kate's troop of amateurs is involved in the sinking.
Kate finally decides to get the advice of her old boss and profiler, Red Metcalfe. Red, for those of you who did not read "Messiah," was an extremely successful hunter of serial killers who eventually realized that he had gotten a bit too much like his prey. After murdering a killer in what was nearly self defense he decided to plead guilty and is currently serving his sentence. Kate borrows him from a maximum security prison and shows him the crime sites and the case records. Unwillingly, Red provides enough information to make Kate realize that the killer is someone uncomfortably close to her. The two cases blend into one another and the conclusion is satisfactorily hair-raising.
Based on "Storm" and its predecessor "Messiah," Boris Starling is one of those authors who will inevitably push their sleuths to the edge of destruction, and even beyond that if necessary. He is very adept at developing his characters, and the reader will find themselves nearly as brutalized. Hopefully Kate will last long enough to provide several more volumes of thrills. Starling has a habit of using flashbacks to provide insight into the killers mind, which I found a bit tedious early in the narrative, but which smoothed out later. There are more than enough plot twists and turns to keep the reader guessing even after only a few suspects are left. I found the book a very enjoyable experience, and look forward to more. After a short break to recover from all the excitement.
Wymefw Wymefw
This is the least great of his four books to date. In fact, it's the only one that is just okay. The other three are all very different from each other, but this is just another detective book like Messiah, and oddly, could spoil Messiah for you if you haven't already read it.

Certainly worth reading, just don't make it your first Starling.
Lemana Lemana
Excellent
Lyrtois Lyrtois
Like his later works
Wizard Wizard
It pays for not only a writer to read widely, it also benefits the reader. In this case, it's enormously amusing to see from whence Boris Starling, a talented but still-developing new novelist, derived his inspiration in STORM.
Readers of John Douglas's and Mark Olshaker's MINDHUNTER will chuckle and recall Edmund Kemper when they read the flashback chapter in which Blackadder kills and dismembers his mother. Down to the larynx popping out of the garbage disposal and Starling commenting that "even in death she still wouldn't shut up", we see just how bereft of inspiration the author was in giving his serial killer some validity.
On a more conspicuous level, even the most cursory reader will see just from the back cover blurbs of how much STORM owes THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (and this parallel is made even more irresistible when one recalls the author's last name): Female detective with a painful relationship to her father in a sequel seeks the advice of a convicted killer, and implausibly springing him from prison, in order to catch another one. A near-irresistible plot device, yes, but one that should not be overdone or perhaps even done again, not even by the great Thomas Harris.
Not being well read in Greek mythology, however, actually benefits the reader, as Blackadder derives *his* inspiration from a trilogy of ancient Greek dramas that uncannily (too much so) parallel his tormented childhood. Only in the last chapters in the book do we see and appreciate how much life is imitating art and recycled back into the twisted art of ritualistic serial murder.
Starling's prose is brilliant, especially in the opening chapter aboard the doomed Amphitrite. The writing is graceful, loaded with ingenious metaphors and similes, marking Starling as a new voice that demands to be heard and respected. The only thing of which I am judge is Starling's insistence on writing in present tense. This does not necessarily give immediacy of action or make him a more unique voice nor more successfully integrate the reader into the story. As it is, the ceaseless present tense is a distraction if not an irritation.
The penultimate chapter redeems the rest of the book and provides the reader with one of the most gut wrenching, visceral denouements in recent thriller fiction. The obligatory red herrings that are a staple to many murder mysteries successfully throw off the reader until the final 20 pages when Starling adroitly lets us know the identity of Blackadder.
There are many knockoffs of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and this is one of the better ones. However, the loose ends (Kate's and her beau's relationship, Kate's and her Dad's relationship, Leo freaking out at police HQ), unrealistic resolutions, the improbable connection between the sinking of the ferry and the Blackadder killings, the lack of page space given to Red Metcalf (who strikes me as being vastly more interesting a character than the washed-out Kate Beauchamp), unoriginality, and the overall sluggish pace of STORM makes me rate it with three stars.
Hopefully, Starling will write a standalone thriller next time, one that invigorates him to the point where he doesn't have to raid the annals of true crime for his inspiration. Give Beauchamp a vacation and think of a new hero(ine).