‘A metaphysical and noir masterclass of a book.’
I hadn’t read any Derek Raymond or Robin Cook before. So, I had no or low expectations – I really enjoyed this though.
The police procedural felt irrelevant; an ambient background tool. The protagonist would have been as dark and on a mission if a P.I., writer or artist. That’s my style though so I likely read that into it.
Raymond makes clever use of tools that make the dead talk to and influence the minds and actions of his characters – with a hold over the reader too.