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A Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. book Special thanks to Kirby McCauley, J
. Edward Kastenmeier, Martin Asher, and Keith R. A. DeCandido Library of
Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bester, Alfred. The demolished man /
Alfred Bester. writing skills with his commercial work. When the time came to
show what he could really do, he, thankfully, turned to SF, and a master was born
. “Adam and No Eve," published in 1941, remains as strong now as the day it was
But Bester came first—and is still the master. Some critics have compared this
novel with the Jacobean revenge plays. But where the Jacobeans set their
stories in the world they knew, Bester had to invent a totally new world for his
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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.