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“Before surgery really got started, there used to be a handicapped group called
deaf-mutes." “No-hear no-talk?" “That's it. They communicated by a manual sign
language. That meant they couldn't communicate with anybody but deafmutes.
Can't talk. My throat . . . Can't talk." Again he attempted to embrace Reich. “Arrgh!
Keep off, you crazy idiot." Bristling, Reich stepped around D'Courtney like an
animal, his hackles raised, the murder boiling in his blood. D'Courtney's mouth ...
“I don't care what the scoundrels call themselves," Tsung H'sai roared. “They're a
gang of selfish, self-seeking reactionaries. Talk to me about purity of the race, will
they? Talk to me about aristocracy, will they? I'll talk to them. I'll fill their ears.
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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.