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To Commissioner Crabbe he laid out the broad outlines once more. “We need
motive, method, and opportunity, Commissioner. We've got possible opportunity
so far, but that's all. You know Old Man Mose. He's going to insist on hard fact ...
“Mose takes a lot of convincing. Feed it to him. Won't do any harm." The office
door banged open and Commissioner Crabbe marched in as though heading a
parade. “Mr. Prefect Powell," Crabbe pronounced formally. “Mr. Commissioner?
Crabbe's office and peep him for me? Will you just do it and forget about it? Will
you?" “Yes, Mr. Reich . . . I will." “What? An honest peeper! How about that?
Come on. Let's jet." Reich stumbled out of the esplanade with a horrible gait.
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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.