Item description for Gabriel's Bureau by Mikka Haugaard...
Being a spy might have its perks, but there's an all-consuming pressure to the job and great danger that follows from knowing a little bit too much. Having previously worked for Soviet intelligence, Gabriel has used his contacts to set up his own detective agency, Gabriel's Bureau. When an acquaintance from the past seeks his help, he finds himself unable to say no, and the consequences multiply out of control. In a seedy London underworld of art dealers, he learns power is money and death is inevitable when art changes from hand to dirty hand. As he is inexorably drawn to the awful truth, the mystery turns back on him, bringing together his past, his present and his intriguing relationship with his wife and the mystery Russian, man Oleg.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 4.96" Height: 1.02" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2007
ISBN 1903517311 ISBN13 9781903517314
Reviews - What do customers think about Gabriel's Bureau?
Why would you want to read this book Oct 9, 2007
It is a procedural carried out by Gabriel, a private detective. Everything about this story is shrouded in mists--you cannot tell what is going on--everything is poorly defined, deliberately. The information is released to you in tiny snippets as we progress (short paragraphs predominate throughout the book). The story is cold. Relationships are cold and more cold. There is no human kindness or warmth to be found. There is an abundance of threats or implied threats or just confusion as to what was said as the story progresses.
Gabriel is a Brit who is/was a spy for the Soviets, except the Soviets have gone down and there is confusion as to who works for whom. It starts out with the murder of Michael, a Brit guy that markets stolen art works that are smuggled out of Russia (this is all we are going to know about him). His mistress Anita who may be a liar, comes to Gabriel (who runs the Bureau, a detective agency) for help. Gabriel tries to sort it out (remember, it is a procedural).
Confusion and coldness. Gabriel's old Russian spy boss Oleg is killed. More confusion--I stopped reading at page 137--I had enough.
Why did I dislike the book? Because I disliked all the characters. I did not want to know anything about them; I did not care to find out the resolution of the mystery. The author forgot that you have to make the reader care.