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On Friday morning, Snim Asjwas awakened by his landlady, Chooka Frood, with
a loud scream for back rent. “For chrissakes, Chooka," Snim mumbled. "You
already makin' a frabby fortune with 'at loopy yella head girl you pick up. You
Snim had not learned that it is only the powerful and efficient institution that can
afford to look second-rate. Snim entered the bank, crossed the crowded main
floor to the row of desks opposite the tellers' cages, and stole a handful of deposit
In one chaotic instant, Snim contemplated fight, flight, bribery, pleas, Kingston
Hospital, the bitch Chooka Frood and her yellow-headed ghost girl, his pocket-
pianino and the man who owned it. Then he collapsed and wept. The peeper
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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.