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Wholly and Completely Under-Rated,
This review is from: A Philosophical Investigation (Paperback)
Curses! Foiled by the various publications. Just today, I recommended this book to a fellow reviewer, having reviewed it myself a year and half ago or so. To my consternation, I discovered I'd reviewed another (unknown) version... meanwhile this incredible book is being undeservedly lambasted right and left.
The version I read was given away with some mens' magazine. No clue how I got a hold of a copy, to be honest. But it was a good day. I always think it's slightly obnoxious when people review all the different versions of the same thing, with the same review. But to see such a wonderful book not have the support it so richly deserves is dreadful, so from here on, it'll be an updated (obnoxious) same review...
It's inexplicable to me that it was given away free with a magazine and *still* hardly anyone has read it. It's, essentially, a murder mystery, but it's so much more than that.
It is set in the near-ish future, where future-ness seamlessly blends with modernity to create an utterly believable society - one which, post 9/11 and 7/7, is becoming increasingly real as the days go by. It has *precisely* the right proportion of now-stuff, and what-will-be-stuff. Its descriptions are crisp, fresh, and clean, almost to the point where just by reading about that world you can breathe easier.
However, it's bordering on a dystopia - without the clichés - and the plot centres around a deeply intelligent, highly philosophical, oddly sympathetic killer. Much of the book is written in the 1st person from his (or her. Ha!) perspective and the reader is drawn in to this world absolutely.
Without giving too much away, this is less a whodunit, more a whydeydodatden? The story is inspired and intelligent; the execution of it is fantastic, and the fact that it's so under-rated is a tragedy. If you like your books well above par, this is the badger for you.