Book Reviews of Complicity

Author: Iain Banks
ISBN-13: 9780349105710
ISBN-10: 0349105715
Publication Date: 4/1995
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Firebird Distributing
Book Type: Paperback
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A well executed thriller.
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Complicity is an exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence and ventures into the darker recesses of human purpose. Another quirky novel from Scottish writer Iain Banks
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"Just when you thought that books about serial killers had been done to death, along come Iain Banks' ingenious plot, and plenty of style and scare." The Washington Post
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Book Description
Local journalist Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have the same MO -- he commits brutal murders on behalf of the underdog. As the two stories begin to merge, Cameron finds himself inextricably and inexplicably implicated by the killer.
When the arms dealer whom Cameron plans to expose is found literally "disarmed" before Cameron can even put pen to paper and the brewery chief, loathed by Cameron, who sold out at the expense of his workers finds himself permanently unemployable, the police become convinced of Cameron's guilt, as do half his friends and colleagues, forcing Cameron to employ all his investigative skills to find the real killer and his motive.

My Review
This was my first Iain Banks book. I thought his writing was excellent but if this was suppose to be a murder mystery, I would have to say that it is lacking in that department. I would classify this book as a good character study as the characters were well-drawn but the murderer was quite obvious. I also found the descriptions of the murder and sex scenes a bit over the top. Now you may be asking why I gave him 4 stars. Well, it's his memorable language, great one-liners and his ability to go from past to present so effectively. All in all, a very enjoyable book if you like great writing.