A Pepper Keane Mystery
By Mark Cohen
Muddy Gap Press - 2002
Reviewed by Beverly J.
What do an apparent suicide, a robbery gone bad, with a bullet to the head of the victim, and a murder-rape victim have in common? Three seemingly unrelated cases in three different states with the common thread that all three were professors specializing in Fractal Mathematics. When professor Jayne Smyers contacts the FBI with her suspicions, they investigate the three murders, but fail to link them to a common cause. Then she hires Nederland, Colorado private eye, Pepper Keane. Jayne feels sure that the murders are not coincidence.
Pepper Keane is not your usual private eye...he is a "former marine JAG with a Diet Coke addiction, an encyclopedic knowledge of rock 'n roll and a trace of existential angst." His everyday life with his two dogs and the ghosts in his closet add greatly to the story. You cheer when he begins to feel romantic toward Jayne.
Pepper crosses and re-crosses the trails that suspects have left, linking mathematics, economics and philosophy in his search for clues. If you thought you really didn't want to know anything about fractal mathematics and philosophy...think again...Cohen makes it fascinating!
The characters are originals; compelling with complicated personalities. Cohen, who is currently a municipal judge for the city of Boulder, Colorado, has come up with a truly unique plot that is complex enough to require your full attention....brutal, but witty and sometimes funny...it will keep you glued to the pages long into the night. The ending is real shocker; I didn't see that coming.
Great story, Judge Cohen. I'm looking forward to your next one.
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