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Alfred Bester. ful deaf-mutes for weekly hand-outs. If the victim refused to pay,
they'd ostracize him. The victim always paid. It was a choice of paying or living in
solitary until he went mad." “You mean you peepers are like deaf-mutes?" “No,
For every credit of that rich old uncle in Paris. . . FOr . . ." “Why, damn me! The
woman's a peeper!" Chooka stiffened. Her mouth hung open. "You're receiving
me, aren't you, Chooka Frood?" The telepathic answer came in frightened
I need a peeper." “Sorry, Ben." “You don't have to work for Monarch. I'll put you
under personal contract for private service. The same contract Breen has." “Breen
? A 2nd? The analyst?" “Yes. My analyst.” “Not any more." “What!" West nodded.
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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.