Adam Markovitz
November 02, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Late Hector Kipling

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Thewlis
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B-

A London patiner’s midlife crisis leads to adultery, homicide, and the purchase of an odious beige settee.

Art Imitates Life?
Like David Thewlis (known to Potterphiles as Professor Lupin), Kipling hails from Blackpool and has achieved a modicum of fame for his work.

Bottom Line
The Late Hector Kipling has humor and style to burn. But a last-act plunge into surreal violence is almost as unfortunate for the book’s readers as for its characters, whose corpses pile up at an alarming rate. B-

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