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Genre - Fantasy / Mystery
Rating - PG13
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The Spiral Tattoo is a murder mystery fantasy; and it’s more mystery than fantasy. I like to think of it as a pot boiler mystery dressed in fantasy clothes with a gritty urban fantasy feel rather than high fantasy.
Page 99 is a quiet spot in the story. In it the narrator Gurt has returned to his place after a long night on the beat. He needs to unwind and relax as he’s bothered by the events that have already occurred.
The point of this section is to show him outside of the uniform, to develop his character in a positive way as previously he has been shown to be a little bit whiny, a little bit sarcastic and a lot self-centred. In this part we see him being reflective and quiet away from the eyes of everyone else. We also met a new character who lives with him in his tree; a wise old owl who is later to become a more constant companion.
This is one of my favourite scenes in the novel and one I had the easiest time writing despite the lack of action or plot progression. It was a quiet scene that hopefully helps create a personal connection to Gurt.