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D'Courtney stepped toward Reich, smiling, his arms outstretched as though
welcoming a prodigal son. Alarmed again, Reich growled: “Are you deaf2" The
old man shook his head. “You speak English," Reich shouted. “You can hear me.
I—" He stopped short and shook his head like a bull trying to cast off a halter of
delirium. "Ben," D'Courtney whispered in horror. “Listen, Ben ..." “You've been at
my throat for ten years. There was room enough for both of us. Monarch and ...
More than I ever dreamed." He stopped, turned and looked at Reich with blazing
eyes. “If I could kill you," he cried, "I'd twist your head off with my hands. I'd tear
you apart and hang you on a Galacti Gallows, and the Universe would bless me.
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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.