Friday, August 19, 2011

The Ghost of a Flea by John Brinling

The Ghost Of A Flea
by John Brinling

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Published: 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4

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Time: 1975.
Location: New York City.

The murder of Roger’s musician friend, Gideon Whiting, turns Roger’s world up-side-down. His wife, Natalie, lies to him. His best friend, Ted, lies to him. His boss and U.S. Senate candidate, Charlie Holt, lies to him. And Lieutenant Tarrington, a homicide detective, is convinced Roger killed Gideon—but is Tarrington who he claims to be, or is he lying, too?

Peggy Curtis, the blond bombshell who dropped into Roger’s life one snowy night after he left Gideon’s apartment, might be the only person who can unravel the Gordian knot facing Roger, yet she has serious credibility problems, and is the last person he would want to rely on with his life and freedom on the line.

The drug cartel masterminding much of the chaos seeks an address book it thinks Roger took from Gideon. As their ruthless pursuit intensifies, the police learn of the book and join the chase. The problem is, Roger doesn’t have what they want and he must get it before they decide he is expendable.

Zombie sighting:
I've been like a zombie, scared to death, scared like I never thought possible.
- location 2649, chapter 13

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): intricate
Good thriller with lots of characters, lots of red herrings, lots of wondering "what the..."

Although this one did not keep me guessing "who" until the end, it kept me wondering "why"?


Ghost of a Flea
art by William Blake


* review copy courtesy of author

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