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He reached out quickly to Jackson Beck, police Inspector 2: “What's the situation
Jax?" "Scramble." Switching to their informal police code of scrambled images,
reversed meanings, and personal symbols, Beck continued: “Peepers here.
“All in this house are innocent, Beck. They will be presumed to be innocent and
treated with every courtesy until the truth is uncovered." “What?" Beck sneered. “
This gang of liars? Treated with courtesy? This rotten, lousy, high-society pack of
“What the—"Powell looked at Beck. “He gets kittenish," Beck explained. “At a time
like this!" “Happens now and then. We'll try him again." They filled the computor's
ear again, held the warmup for a good five minutes and then kicked him into it.
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I was set to give this story five stars throughout most of the book, but the ending threw me off. Way off.
The majority of the story is a detective story; we follow a crime from the angle of the perpetrator, and the investigating police officer. The caper is made all that much more exciting by the existence of people with esp, known as peepers, of which our investigator is one, and our perpetrator is not. A thrilling game of mouse and peeper cat made the book a quick read, and fun to follow. The inclusion of the catchy lyrics the perpetrator has purposely stuck in his head to keep himself from leaking his crime to the psychics around him interspersed throughout the dialog and action was a great touch that really increased the tension through certain parts of the story.
The conclusion however, I felt turned suddenly to a different tone altogether. The plot became less understandable, and the ending somewhat preachy. I suddenly got the impression that the author wrote the whole book as a means to state the exposition. Five stars until the last thirty pages or so.