After reading the Economist’s recommendation, I’d been keeping my eye open for works by Mark Burnell, thinking that his books about “a proficient, imaginative, world-class assassin” would be interesting. I finally saw The Rhythm Section in a used book store a few weeks ago and picked it up.
It was kind of disappointing. I didn’t think much of the writing, and the action was lackluster. I didn’t sympathize with the main character, and since the book is a psychological study of her, that didn’t leave much to work with. Alas. I may still pick up another one if I see it, in the hopes that the first novel was mostly setup and that with the stage set, he can go more interesting places with the character. But I’m not too hopeful.