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Uniformed police were everywhere. The white-smocked technicians from Lab
were scurrying like beetles. In the center of the hall, the party guests (dressed)
were assembled in a rough corral, milling like a herd of terrified steers at a
In response to bitter criticism and loud laughter, Commissioner Crabbe gave an
exclusive press interview in which he revealed that Police Laboratories had
discovered a new investigation technique which would break the D'Courtney
“My problem's murder, Chervil. I want to find out who's trying to kill me. Will you
do me that favor? Will you peep someone for me?" “I should imagine the police
would be able to—" “The police?" Reich laughed hysterically, then clutched
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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.