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Oh What Tangled Webs..............
on 1 October 2013
.........and the author certainly does weave a tangled web. It all starts off shaping up to be a fairly standard crime story. We have the private investigator, Nicholas Colt. He is a damaged character - aren't they all? In this case he is a former musician who has had to give up due to a crippled hand and who has had a brush with heroin addiction which has resulted in him having his PI license suspended.
Colt is employed by a dying young lady to find her father whom she has never met. When traced it turns out that he has been murdered. The task is then to find the murderer. Meanwhile, and woven into the story is Colt's pathological fear of zombies (what!), and a serial killer on the loose who has been nicknamed The Zombie. His modus operandi is to smother his victims, cut off the tops of their skulls, remove their brains and superglue the top of the head back on. So he is nothing if not original.
Predictably these various elements coincide as the book progresses, and Case gets into various life threatening scrapes. Towards the end things have turned and turned again to such an extent that the author feels obliged to literally spell out line by line what has actually happened, should the reader be in any doubt. Clearly he felt that he may have lost a fair proportion of his readership along the way, and although I did follow it myself, I do see where he is coming from here. Add to this a lottery odds type coincidence which is key to the plot and one has to suspend disbelief and then some.
When the plot is being explained as I mentioned, Colt thinks to himself `this story was certainly more bizarre than any novel I'd ever read or any movie I'd ever seen'. I have to agree and that just about sums it up really. Its a very short book of only about 220 pages - once it lost all credibility, I, for one, would have struggled to read any more than that.