A review by vraper
A Gun for Sale, by Samuel Hynes, Graham Greene


A Gun for Sale boasts probably the best opening to a crime/thriller novel in the world ever. A cold-hearted assassin stalks through a colder street and assassinates a Government minister. Within thirty pages, a world war is in the offing. Absolutely brilliant, stark, noir and atmospheric.

The rest of the book isn't as much cop (pun intended). The many coincidental meetings between the cop's girlfriend Anne, assassin Raven, his employer Chomunpronounable, and the cop Mather strain believability. The characters' motivations aren't clear or believable either, especially Anne and Raven, and the middle of the book descends into a chase through the not-especially-interesting setting of the small northern town of Nottwich.