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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.
Nobody knew that Jackson Beck was completely tone-deaf. Powell to staff: Reich
apparently found the book accidentally. Stumbled over it while he was looking for
a present for Maria Beaumont. Pass the word. And where's that girl?
We were wrong. D'Courtney had given it to Reich's mother because they were
lovers. It was his love-gift to the mother of his child. Reich was born there.
Jackson Beck uncovered all that, once we had the lead." Crabbe opened his
mouth, then ...
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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.