The Dark Tide
By Andrew Gross
HarperLuxe; Larger Print Edition (2008) ISBN: 978-0061562679
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - October 8, 2010
Frankly I started reading this novel because of two not too praiseworthy reasons. First, I had just finished a couple of in depth scholarly volumes and needed to turn to a detective story to rest my mind, and this one was available. Second, I had read a number of books where Andrew Gross received second billing to James Paterson on volumes that I did not think were that great and I wondered how Gross wrote when he wrote his own work. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed what I read.
I found that Gross told an interesting story that developed naturally with exciting events. The characters were well developed, believable, and likeable. Gross did not reveal all the information needed to solve the case until the end in a proper manner, although there were hints along the way for readers who paid attention. And, most of all, the tale kept my attention throughout.
If Gross would have asked me, should I join Patterson in writing books, I would have advised him to do so, simply because Patterson is a well-known writer and this would give him publicity, and money beside. However, I think that Gross writes better when he writes himself. The faults that people find in the Patterson books are absent in this volume. I look forward to reading other Gross novels.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.