Fever Devlin, No 6
November 8, 2011 / ISBN: 0312699468
Traditional Mystery / Amateur Sleuth / Georgia Appalachians / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
The dead can dream; I'll tell you how I know.
Fever Devlin has spent the last three months in a coma after someone
entered his house, shot him and left him for dead. Now conscious,
his dreams, a found box and hints from a stranger are leading him
down a path to uncover a killer, and his past.
books may not be for everyone, but they are among those I eagerly
await each year. His perspective is fascinating and intriguing;
his characters are unique and memorable memorable; with Devlin's
friend, Andrew, providing the pragmatic balance to Devlin's somewhat
otherworldliness, and his voice audible; one you want to experience
again and again. His wonderfully vivid descriptions take you into
Devlin's world and into the past. I was reminded about historical
events and the speed of technological developments. He is a wonderfully
literate writer who writes excellent dialogue
in the broken glass of rage." and with delightful humor.
The plot is a road of blind turns, laced with that feeling of things
being not quite "normal," with a slight paranormal aspect.
Finally, in this sixth book of the series, learn of Fever's family
history-something about which we'd learned snippets but nothing
significant until now. And what a history it is, steeped in American
Jazz, Paris, bigotry and hatred passed down from one generation
to the next. At one point, it seems there is considerable redundancy,
yet when one thinks of the circumstances, it is very normal and
would be unusual not to be there. It also serves as pavers taking
you along the road of the story.
A Corpses's Nightmare is the story for which fans of DePoy
have been waiting and not a bad place for readers new to the series
to begin. It certainly did not disappoint.