Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Review: DEAD ANYWAY

A Mystery/Thriller
By: Chris Knopf

From the Back Cover:

Imagine this: You have a nice life.  You love your beautiful, successful wife.  You're an easygoing guy working out of your comfortable Connecticut home.  The world is an interesting, pleasant place.
Then in seconds, it's all gone.  You're still alive, but the world thinks you're dead.  And now you have to decide.  Make it official, or go after the evil that took it all away from you.
Arthur Cathcart, market researcher and occasional finder of missing persons, decides to live on and fight, by doing what he knows best - figuring things out, without revealing his status as a living, breathing human being.  Much easier said than done in the post-9/11 world, where everything about yourself and all the tools you need to live a modern life are an open book.  How do you become a different person, how do you finance an elaborate scheme without revealing yourself?  How do you force a reckoning with the worst people on earth, as a dead man?

My Two Cents:

Computer nerd marries hot woman who does not care about the excess baggage around his waist.  Both are highly successful in their respective careers, and life is good.  Until its not.  Waking after a long recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, Cathcart sets out to avenge his wife’s death.  

Knopf is the master of no frills language.  He tells it like it is, and is able to produce an interesting story line without any flowery language at all.  It is to the point, and his extensive research is obvious throughout the novel.  I enjoyed his dry wit, and found myself laughing and snickering at Cathcart’s internal dialogue, and external expressions.  I wish there had not been quite the “data dump” at the conclusion, wanting to have had more insight along the way, without the big “and this is why it happened” moment.  I have to admit; I did have a couple of different people in mind as the “bad guy” and was somewhat surprised when the truth was revealed. 

If I could make one request, please, for the rest of us mere mortal women, add a flaw to Natsumi!  I wanted to love her (read that as BE her), with her cool, calm demeanor and ability to just go with the flow, but she is just too perfect.  

I give it    Half Thumb.gif and a 

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