Stuart, I can only manage a few pages at a time of this hectic book. I evened it out with Clive Cussler's Polar Shift (okay) and now Lynda La Plante's Cold Shoulder (very very impressive - first 50 pages strips the lead character of dignity and looks - fairy tale in reverse).
Two I tossed quickly: Richard Kunzmann, SALAMANDER COTTON. South-African thriller with a lot of over-the-top violence. The Afrikaans, Zulu, and Tswana bits are not translated, which makes conversations very confusing.
Jon Cleary, YESTERDAY'S SHADOW. Australian police procedural that's simply poorly written. The author tries to sound impressive with some very weird constructions and images. This one I bought on the glowing recommendation of someone whose taste I respect. Alas!