Other Victim Paperback – Jun 1999
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The seting for this book is London - thousands of miles from the New York setting of his first book - but still a bustling metropolis with plenty of scope for thrills and excitement. In fact the story begins in a busy square in the city, where a teenage boy is stalked and stabbed to death after arguing with his brother.
He is involved in some sort of wheeler-dealing with some big time criminals. But that's only half the story. In a parallel story, a rich businessman vanishes and a maverick lawyer Emmett Freeman) is called in to make some discreet inquiries. But the two cases are connected and that's where the fun really starts.
It all centers around an addictive perfume called Gold, made by the missing billionaires company. And of course there's also a beautiful heroine: a female police detective (Karen Rousson) who is the perfect foil for the hero.
What impresses me so much about Kessler's style is the way the author blends law, science, computers and the foibles of human nature in a tale that has you alternately facsinated and amused, perplexed and excited. The author explains arcane concepts in a way that the ordinary reader can understand, but never loses sight of the fact that he is writing about people.
The marvelous thing about the plot of this book is that it provides several surprises along the way as well as the big double whammy at the end! While this book has fewer courtroom scenes than the last one, it is better in some ways and a real joy to read.
If you like surprises and a book that keeps you guessing till the end I have one thing to say: Read this book!
I would say, the ending didn't make sense- hate to give spoilers but... No way that the dead brother could be the other... I know that still gives it away somewhat but I can't help it... a mother knows her own child, twins or not- Also, I don't usually rate based on grammar and spelling mistakes but in this case... so very distracting- the overall editing needs work. At times you are not sure who is talking to who and who they are talking about... Editing is needed badly! The basic story line here was good and I think if this could be cleaned up and then change the ending... Seriously, the reasons given by Freeman still did not make sense at all to come to that conclusion... The author needs to go back and re-read his own novel here... Again, clean it up and fix the very obvious mistakes in the conclusion OR fix it within the story so the conclusion is valid. I did read the entire book and wil still try this author again and see what else he has to share.
At times, the author appears to be expressing himself somewhat ambiguously, but this is to avoid giving too much away before the big shocker at the end - First one surprise, then another! I was tempted to deduct a star for that, but it would have been unfair and on balance, the awkwardness in some parts of the language, is offset by the vivid, colourful nature of the descriptive writing. Definitely a book worth reading for those who like a good thriller.