Rant #1: the person who wrote the little summary on the back of the book had obviously *not* read the book! The summary said that "Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. She's hungry for a story that could make her career. Now is her chance... He's called the Weatherman. And he's going to make Andrea a star. Even if it kills her."
...um...noooooo...Andrea Labore had absolutely nothing to do with finding the Weatherman! That was all Rick Beanblossom! It's simply utterly factually incorrect, which is too annoying for words. Can't the publisher be trusted to read the book?
Rant #2: Rick Beanblossom NEVER takes his mask off? Ever? Not even to have sex? Has the guy heard of plastic surgery? So the veteran's administration let him down in that regard, well, here's a newsflash: his insurance would cover reconstructive surgery. Really. He could have enough of a face to at least let him walk around without a mask.
Rant #3: No background or character development given for the suspect and why he might have done any of what he did. Pattern? Motive? None.
Rant #4: Female news anchors getting their positions by having sex with the boss? Oh, thanks Thayer, thanks so much for promoting the notion of women sleeping their way to the top, that's so very 1950s of you.
Rant #5: No suspense. None. Ever. At all.
Rant #6: Was this just an anti-dealth penalty argument in disguise? I too am opposed to the death penalty, but what a ham-handed job of it.
Rant #7: I was trapped in Michigan with nothing else to read.