I must confess that I am no longer a huge fan of murder mystery books, but there was a time in my life when I read quite a lot. From the classic Agatha Christie novels to the more contemporary and less known authors, I used to love them all. Mostly because I got a kick out of figuring out who the murderer was before it was revealed in the book but also because you can usually find out little trivia about things you normally wouldn’t care about.
A small introduction to the “Four Men and the Sea”
So, reading Four Men and the Sea by Martin Freznell was quite a blast from the past for me and a reasonably enjoyable one. The premise of the book is the murder investigation of a man, Richard Dempsey, who some 20 years prior to his murder, photographed a weird scene on the beach: four men in suits, on the beach, behaving strangely. One of those men was a well-known politician, Kaine, who Dempsey was sure was involved in some illegal activities. Fast forward 20 years later, Dempsey is found in his apartment, murdered and in possession of some incriminating photos of Kaine and his minions.
The sea knew what the people of the metropolis did not, so it waited both
in eager anticipation and uncaring viciousness.
Here enters the police force, detectives Matrak, Chang and forensics specialist Alex, who get the case and decide to get to the bottom of things, going against superior officers, dark forces and a shit load of weird stuff.
This Reading Badger’s thoughts
My thoughts on the book are that the premise was an interesting one, not being your classic murder mystery, combining mystique and surrealism with basic detective work. It’s easy to read and it makes you want to read more to get to the bottom of things. However, I felt that there where a lot of loose ends left in the book and that kind of bothered me. I like my books to be tied up completely by the end. The characters are somewhat linear and I would have liked for the author to be a little more incisive from this perspective.
All in all, it was quite an enjoyable read, perfect for a quiet afternoon, and I look forward to the author’s next book and see the way he grows as a writer.