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t was years since Powell had last visited Spaceland. He sat in the police launch
that had picked him off the luxury ship “Holiday Queen," and as the launch
dropped, Powell stared through the port at Spaceland glittering below like a
“I'll start peeping Spaceland for Reich and Hassop at once," Powell said as the
launch drifted down for the passage through the air-lock, “but I want to check a
hunch first. Show me the corpse." “What corpse?" “From Reich's Crash." In the ...
... Amalgamated Union's Grievance Committee, Titan's Superintendent of
Cybernetics, a Secretary of Political Psychology, two Cabinet members, five
Parliamentary Leaders, and scores of other Esper clients of Spaceland at work
and at play.
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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.