The usual setup: a brilliant but eccentric detective, the smart but lumbering sidekick, the ambitious, duplicitous, and profoundly stupid boss, a murder victim who was easy to hate, lots of obvious suspects, and a murder timeline just complicated enough to make the mystery hard to solve.

The twist here, and it’s one I do not like, is that the detective has a sort of second sight that allows him to hear the last thoughts of the murder victim, and to see the ghosts of victims long afterward. Fortunately this ability was not really key to solving the mystery, but introducing the supernatural intp what could be, and ought to be, a scientific investigation.

Nevertheless, the character of the detective is interesting, in a melancholy sort of way, and there’s much else to like here, so I probably oughtn’t to dwell on the one feature that bothered me.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: I Will Have Vengeance
  • Author: Maurizio de Giovanni
  • Published: 2007
  • ISBN: 1609450949
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 3.0 stars