Wonderful verbal witticisms

2012-01-25 00:00

THE Big Stick is the English version of Zacht als Staal (Soft as Stee l) — the author’s ­second novel — and it loses only a little in trans­lation. In fact, bar the tiny ­language issue, Soft as Steel may even have gained in this English retelling.

In between, his tomboy sister, the psychologist who tried “to cure” his queerness, and many others virtually leap off the pages to render a new noir that is as much romance as it is a ­detective story.

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