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Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
Cover Artist: Stephen Hickman
Review by Steve Sawicki
Baen Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416520832
Date: 29 August 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Paul Haggerty's Review (01/04) / Show Article /

This is a bit of an odd book, although I suppose it is what one should now expect from Spider Robinson who seems to have veered off the SF path the past few years while never quite actually managing to fully break free. This book is really a horror novel built around the SF trope of mind reading.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Aging baby-boomer Russell Walker wants only to retreat from the world and the shattering death of his beloved wife, into the woods of British Columbia. But the real world won't let him become a hermit. Instead, he finds himself thrust into the mystery of a series of mass murders by a monstrous sadist and serial killer who makes Hannibal Lector look like a boy scout. And he is caught in a frightening predicament: He is the only possible intermediary between a telepath called Smelly, so sensitive he can't stand to be near most people, and a skeptical police officer who needs to hear and believe what Smelly knows about the fiend. This involuntary trio may be the only ones who can catch the inhuman butcher before he kills again-if he doesn't catch them first.

(Source: Baen)

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