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The Strange Attractor by Desmond Cory

5 Stars

by Michael Beas

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Desmond Cory, the recipient of the Sunday Times' Best Crime Novel of the Year award, makes a victorious return to the world of mystery fiction with his latest work, "The Strange Attractor." In a genre that is overcome with thrillers and suspense, Desmond Cory to me stands out as a true maestro, as he crafts a near-perfect mystery novel that is iced with wit and intrigue.

The story introduces us to John Dobie, a mathematics professor whose life takes a turn when one of his students, Sammy Cantwell, meets an untimely demise. In the beginning Dobie's reaction is one of mild curiosity and wonder. After all, who was Sammy Cantwell, and why should his death warrant more than a passing thought? But when Dobie becomes the victim of a harrowing ordeal— tied up, drugged, and made an unwilling witness to another murder—it awakens a strong curiosity within him, particularly when he discovers that the murdered woman happens to be his estranged wife.

What follows is a masterful series of events that tosses Dobie into the role of an amateur sleuth, a transformation he never anticipated. Then when the plot thickens a second woman is found dead in his bed within a matter of hours, it becomes painfully clear that he needs assistance. But can he rely on the police to unravel this tangled web of mysteries? No, what he requires is help from someone with a keen sense and a touch of sensibility. That is when Kate Coyle is introduced. Coyle is the amiable landlady and pathologist of his deceased student, Sammy Cantwell that becomes the unassuming mentor, shaping Dobie into an investigator against his will.

"The Strange Attractor" is a novel that weaves together an array of wonders, that blends elements of computers and intangibles into the narrative. Cory's mastery over the written word is evident throughout the book, as he guides readers through a labyrinthine plot with effortless finesse.

The praise bestowed upon this novel by the Sunday Times is well-deserved. It's a book that manages to be both engaging and become immensely entertaining, a rare feat in the world of crime fiction.

In conclusion, "The Strange Attractor" by Desmond Cory is a masterclass in thriller and mystery fiction. It's a novel that combines intelligence, wit, and intricate plotting to create an unforgettable reading experience. The twists, and a generous dose of humor that captivates both avid mystery enthusiasts and those new to the genre.

About the Author

Desmond Cory has written over 45 thriller /detective novels published in over 10 languages. His books have won many awards including the Sunday Times' Best Crime Novel of the Year, and Crime Critic’s Choice of the Year. His novel, Deadfall, was made into a 20th Century Fox movie, winning him further recognition as one of Britain’s most successful psychological thriller writers.

Cory is also reputed to be the creator of the "licensed to kill" secret agent, made popular through the films of James Bond. Yet preceding the now legendary 007 was Desmond Cory's Johnny Fedora, "the thinking man's James Bond”.

Cory also wrote the screen-play for the movie adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel "England Made Me”, and had a number of his other novels serialized on BBC Radio.

If you loved Madmen, or just enjoy thrillers that take you back in time to the 1950s and 1960s, before the age of computers and high-tech gizmos, then you’ll love Desmond Cory. Be prepared to enter a world of deception and murder, desire, intrigue and betrayal - enter the world of Desmond Cory. Critical Acclaim:

“There is these days a comparatively slender band of first-class writers who are producing thrillers worthy of serious attention – Among them is Desmond Cory, a man whose ingenuity, imagination, and good humour pervade his works with an agreeable excitement and read-ability." Bristol Evening Post "You hear that there was a Golden Age of thrillers in Britain between the wars. When you read Cory you realize that it hasn't ended." Echo

"Readers who like their thrillers to complement their intelligence must on no account miss Mr. Cory". The Sunday Times 1971

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