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eich found himself in a spherical room designed as the heart of a giant orchid.
The walls were curling orchid petals, the floor was a golden calyx; the chairs,
tables, and couches were orchid and gold. But the room was old. The petals were
"You're not because you're dead. You've been dead ever since I came into this
orchid coffin. Man With No Face! Can you hear me screaming for the last time?
You're finished forever!" Reich tore the gun out of his breast pocket. He touched
Ben Reich slowly threaded his way through the main hall to the music room,
turned right, mounted the stairs to the Picture Gallery, passed through the bronze
doors leading to the Orchid Suite, blinded and stunned the Beaumont guards,
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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.