Solitude Creek


Solitude Creed is a recent (2015) thriller by Jeffery Deaver, and it’s very good.  The story features California detective agent Kathryn Dance, an expert in interpreting body language (whose previous appearances I missed), and successfully intertwines several plot threads.  There is an interesting variation on the theme of psychopathic killer, attempts to prevent gun and drug smuggling to and from Mexico, child-raising concerns and a bit of romance.

This is another thriller that deals with internet crime, not the aspect of hacking and identity theft, but its potential for enabling conspiracies involving activities like child pornography or, in this case, trafficking in scenes of death and destruction.  In this connection, Deaver points out a downside of the ubiquitous use of smart phones and instant messaging –  while immediate dissemination  of information may be useful, the immediate spread of rumors and misunderstandings can cause panic and disaster.

Deaver understands that a plausible female character will have some interest in clothes.  He has done a good job with agent Dance, who doesn’t waste time thinking about her appearance but has a healthy interest in shoes.  On the other hand, female writers sometimes try too hard to create a woman character who isn’t concerned with how she looks.  The more they talk about it, the less convincing it is.

What advice might a male writer give to women trying to convey the thoughts of a plausible male character?  Does he have to be interested in sports?



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