Book Review: Snapshot by Craig Robertson
July 19, 2011 10 Comments
This book is a review copy from Simon & Schuster UK. I’m not sure I like getting unsolicited review copies. I feel obliged to review them (although people say I shouldn’t) even if they don’t appeal. That is what happened with this book.
The good news: it was actually a really nice book!
Snapshot: What it is about
Tony Winter is a Glasgow police photographer with a fascination for dead bodies. He is considered a bit weird for being rather eager to take photographs at crime scenes.
After a series of shootings of high-profile criminals, he discovers an unlikely link between one of the victims and an ostensibly unrelated beaten up youth while examining various pictures. As a photographer, he is not involved in the police investigations and he decides to start his own inquiries in private.
Of course, he gets involved deeper than is good for him which may well lead to a confrontation with the killer…
Snapshot: What I thought
I took this book with me on holiday as it’s a different genre from most of the other books I took. I didn’t really think I would enjoy the book, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The idea of someone who is not qualified to investigate crimes digging deeper than the police is so old hat, but to get a police photographer to do so was quite unique.
The writing style was enjoyable although sometimes a little too “funny”. The characters (mainly police officers) are tough people who like to ridicule each other and regularly use swear words. For instance, “Does a bear wear a big hat?” was the reply to a question of which the answer was obvious. “Fuck off” and “Ah, don’t wet yourself, wee man” are other examples of banter between the policemen.
In the story, more and more criminals are being killed by one and the same shooter, although the victims are from different criminal groups in Glasgow. When even police officers are being killed, finding out who could be behind these killings becomes quite interesting.
Tony Winter is a clever guy and he gets information that the police don’t have. As a reader, you feel he’s getting closer to the solution of the crimes, but also closer to trouble himself. That made for great suspense.
I also liked it that some of the setting is a part of Glasgow that most people don’t know about (I checked and it really does exist!).
This is probably a book that will appeal more to men than women, but anyone into crime fiction is likely to enjoy this. It had some unique elements that made this book a good read.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got this book: as a finished copy from Simon & Schuster UK for review
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 394
First published: 2011 (June)