I really enjoyed Hill's Book of Negroes, consequently was HUGELY disappointed with The Illegal. The narrative and dialogue were stilted and simplistic, and try as I might, I couldn't embrace any of the cardboard characters, especially the hero. The narrative was not gripping, in fact it was ordinary. It had the feel of something that was knocked off in a hurry to fulfill a publishing contract. Just sayin'... Atomik
PS - I just read The Illegal's media accolades on this site. Got the sinking feeling that Canada's Literary Media Elite were (rightfully) in awe of 'Negroes' (especially after it became a TV series), and thus fell all over themselves fawning about The Illegal... afraid to offend the new toast of the town? Feeling trapped because they (rightfully) raved about Negroes?? Media herd mentality? Clubby rat-packism??? What would our truly independent Rex Murphy have to say about The Illegal? Very little that was nice, I suspect.
PPS - Neither did half the readers (below)... My money's on the 'little people' who make up the reading public.
Atomik, over 'n' out.