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He's got nothing but booby-trapping left . . ." "You're crazy, Reich." "Am I? Why the
hell did he take Ellery West away from me, and Breen? He knows the only
defense I've got against a boobytrap is a peeper. It's Powell!" “But a cop, Reich?
That's why you're booby-trapping me. That's why you—" Reich broke off abruptly
and beat his forehead. “And this is probably the biggest booby-trap of all. And I
fell into it. What a damned fool I am. What a-" "Shut up," Powell snapped. “When ...
A giant booby-trap. WWHG. Refusal. Refusal. But why did he lie? How is that
going to help him?" —dissension have begun. “The Man With No Face. Breen
could have told him. Gus Tate could have told him. Think!" Tension— “There is no
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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.