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He thrust both into the pocket of a new jacket, got a fresh cartridge of Detonation
Bulbs from his desk, and tore out of the room, ignoring the servants who stared at
him in astonishment. Reich swore feverishly all the way down from the tower ...
He went back to Reich and stared down at him, anger darkening his drawn face. “
I ought to pay you back for Mary; but what's the use? It wouldn't teach you
anything. You poor bastard . . . you're just no damned good." “Kill me!" Reich
“The Christ almighty missing Stars!" He flung out of the apartment and rushed
down to the street. On the empty footway, he paused and stared up again. There
was the moon. There was one brilliant red point of light ... Mars. There was
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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.