Past Mortem (Ben Elton)
Ben Elton is no Graeme Greene, but even his completely predictable movie style serial killer plot is so much more powerful than the movie of the book (that is yet to be made) could ever be. We enjoy Newson's witty self-depreciating commentary, even more than his bizarre and unbelievable indiscretions.
Unfortunately, Elton bullies the novel completely out of shape to force his theme to the centre focus again and again. Elton shows no sympathy for his characters as they get slaughtered to keep the action moving. The disgusting denouement is dramatic but also uncomfortably comic.
A great "holiday read", but one that leaves a sense of dissatisfaction not dissimilar to that felt after a B grade movie.