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The wine was tasted mouth to mouth. Sweets were given more intimately. Reich
endured it all with a seething impatience, waiting for the vital word from Tate. Part
of Tate's Intelligence work was to locate D'Courtney's hiding place in the house.
His mouth worked soundlessly. His eyes glistened with sudden tears. “What the
hell is the matter with you? I'm Ben Reich. Ben Reich! Do you know me? Answer
me." D'Courtney shook his head and tapped his throat. His mouth worked again.
And again Reich met D'Courtney face to face, closed with him, drew a deadly
knife-pistol from his pocket and with the blade pried D'Courtney's mouth open
while the old man hung weak and unresisting. And again a door of the Orchid
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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.