“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.