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child continued

“‘What’s a Persuader?’
‘A shotgun,’ I said. ‘The Mossberg M500 Persuader. It’s a paramilitary weapon.’”

And here we were, all this time, thinking it was the hero that was the persuader. Ooh — but! Maybe they both are. (I do see what he did there, I do.)

February 15, 2011, 10:19am   Comments

lee child, persuader

“I slapped its side like van people do and it boomed faintly in response.”
Now, one of the hallmarks and glories of the Lee Child style is its self-evident simplicity. SVO sentences. When things get exciting, he drops the subject. But when the guy slaps the side of the van “like van people do” you see the self-evident hardening into something dangerously close to self-parody.

Dell (Delacorte) 05.13.03

February 14, 2011, 8:07am   Comments