Pufferfish: Return of the world's prickliest detective
As always, the wit is here. as in the description of a polo club as
"a strange but beguiling rather than tacky mixture of showy wealth and understated environmentally conscious good taste."or
"Another little session of silence, which seems to bemuse Brody Hearn somewhat. It;s calling thinking, son."As a bonus, the novel answers my one complaint about Devil Taker (1997), the fourth Pufferfish novel and the last before the character returned in 2009. Owen is also a naturalist who has written several book on endangered species in Tasmania, where he lives, and I thought Devil Taker let that interest crowd out the crime.
13-Point-Plan, by contrast, introduces interesting information about the animal and plant life of Tasmania unobtrusively and always in ways relevant to the plot. Readers might be amused that his description of Tasmanian devils, related in an utterly straightforward way, is very close to the fictional Tasmanian devil that many of us know.
And should you happen to be near Hobart this Thursday, July 21, visit Fullers Bookshop for the novel's launch.
© Peter Rozovsky 2016