read this excellent new novel by Torontonian Rotenberg, best known for his
mysteries set in China, you have to know two things. The first is that the
opening is slow to evolve, and bodies donít drop fast. The second is that the
idea of synesthesia Ė a condition where people see truth or lies in colour Ė was
a plot in the brilliant The Fallen,
by T. Jefferson Parker. You may think this is a clone. Itís not.
Roberts is an acting teacher with a profitable sideline. His gift of synesthesia
lets him know when people are lying, and corporations pay very well for that
information. Just let Decker sit in on conferences or interviews and youíve got
start to go wrong for Decker, he thinks itís one of the phonies he spotted, but
he soon realizes that thereís a lot more to it than corporate intrigue. Soon
Decker is alone and on the run, and whoever ruined his life is after him, and
not the only one on the trail. After the necessarily slow opening, this novel
heats up and never stops.