Review by Melissa Cornwell
Here’s the blurb from the book:
It’s 1953 and disgraced scientist, now detective, Noel Glass works to redeem himself for an experiment that cost several lives. In walks a rich recluse who offers proof that Glass was framed. As he struggles to clear his name, Glass uncovers an organization bent on using his invention for world domination. Who can Glass trust when everyone is keeping secrets? From the desolate streets of Industry City to a showdown in Chi-town, Glass encounters death at every turn. He must rediscover the self he lost years ago and face off against a ghost he swore he laid to rest.
I really like the main protagonist, Noel Glass. He has his flaws besides possibly being responsible for his fiancee’s death. He’s a complex character, thrown into difficult situations. He doesn’t know who he can trust. I can say that I couldn’t see where this story was going, with all the twists. I love the details of the book, such as the processes by which Noel goes through to get him closer to his goal. There are so many characters too. The technical jargon also makes the book interesting. The obsession with DNA was fascinating. I feel as if I am actually in the scenes. I love the mix of politics and the breakthrough of science, as well as the representation of the political situation between the United States and Russia in the Post World War II times.
I absolutely loved this book. It was great to be able to read something that was written like this. I have never read the “pulp science fiction of the Forties and Fifties” and this was a great experience for me. David’s characters were very in-depth as was the plot. I hope David continues to write books like these.