February 2, 2013

A Murder of Crows by David Rotenberg
Touchstone Editions | $19.99
Reviewed by Don Graves
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“So, why look at fiction?”

“Because fiction is just fact filtered through a specific mind. If the mind is good, the truths are distilled, refined.”

In A Murder of Crows, the fiction’s filter is the mind of author David Rotenberg and the story sizzles with emotional intensity. As to the truths … well, the truths are stranger than fiction and distilled to the vintage reserved for the best in class.

Protagonist Decker Roberts, "gifted" with a synaesthete’s abilities, is in a deadly new game when a murderous attack destroys some of the best young minds America has on offer. The chase is on, complicated by Robert’s frantic search for his estranged son and his snowballing awareness that his once lucrative gift is turning into a terminal liability.

A Murder of Crows is full of fake exits, perverted twists and obscure conclusions told with the urgent and active voice of a storyteller who has staked his own territory. It’s a must read for 2013 and one that will reward with a second read.

Don Graves is a freelance writer and an artist who lives in Burlington.