A recent issue of The Economist contained a glowing review of the latest in a thriller series by Mark Burnell, “The Third Woman.” It also recommended starting at the beginning of the series rather than picking up in the middle, so I headed straight for amazon.com.
First problem: the reviews on Amazon.com are polar opposites from the review in The Economist. Which is it, a wonderful series thriller, or a “plodding sequel?”
Second problem: all the books in the series are either out of print or as yet unavailable in the US. I could start in the middle with Chameleon if I were willing to buy used, but if I wanted to start at the beginning with “The Rhythm Section,” it appears I’m out of luck, as no sellers are offering on Amazon.com marketplace, and 12 buyers are queued in front of me.