After a tragic accident which he barely survives, Tom Pasmore develops an obsession with death–an obsession which leads him to investigate two murders–one in the past and one in the present. And during his investigation, Pasmore learns more than anyone needs–or deserves–to know!
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Straub followed up his grim and intense post-Vietnam War psychological thriller Koko with something that is nearly the opposite… a big and plummy murder mystery set in two past eras, detailing the life of a poor little rich boy as he goes about solving mysteries and falling in love. however – lest you think this is a warm and nostalgic character study a la Stephen King – let me assure you that the Straub who wrote this one is still the Straub who prefers to write from the head rather than from
the novel is set in two locations: the exclusive island of Mill Walk in the early 60s, home to an impoverished native community and a bunch of sickening wannabe aristocrats who rule over them; Eagle Lake in the early 60s and the late 20s (i think) – a lakeside residence in Wisconsin, where those wannabe aristocrats spend their summers. the settings are the strongest feature of the novel.
our young sleuth of a protagonist is surprisingly robotic. his lack of affect and generally chilly behavior – while charming and quite understandable to a robot such as myself – could potentially create a real sense of distance and lack of empathy between reader and story. i will give Straub credit for really trying to make Tom vivid and affectionate and full of life – but there is a difference between trying really hard through repetition of certain phrases and actions… and, well, actually succeeding. characterization in general is not a real strength: the heroic and grandfatherly gent Lamont Cranston (yes, “The Shadow”, but not that Shadow) is pretty much a cartoon character. same goes for nearly the rest of the cast, most of whom are villains or broken or simple-minded society-type parasites. the main exceptions are a fairly well-developed love interest and the mysterious supporting character Barbara Deane. i liked that Barbara Deane.
overall, despite my complaints, this is a dense and enjoyable novel. the settings alone are worth the price of admission – well done there, Straub! and although this is a stand-alone novel, it is also the middle volume in the author’s celebrated Blue Rose Trilogy, so there’s that.