The storylines in this novel are fascinating and the two separate threads do come together at the end. The characters however are a rather flawed, and the authors style a bit erratic. I think he needed to have either a slightly less complicated plot or preferably more straight forward characters. It is almost as if he had a check list of storylines and characters which he must use regardless of the flow and readability of the novel. I believe this is his first novel so perhaps his style will improve. It would be a shame if this very different type of mystery novel lost its appeal by being a bit too difficult to read.