Orion Books 27 Sept 2012
Source: BookDagger RealReaders
About the Book:
A schizophrenic man spends his days and nights on a website called
Whirl360, believing he's employed by the CIA to store the details of
every town and city in the world in his head. Then one day, he sees
something that shouldn't be there: a woman being murdered behind a
window on a New York street. Suddenly Thomas has more to deal with than
just his delusions, as he gets drawn into a deadly conspiracy.
Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite thriller authors, I couldn't put down No Time For Goodbye or Too Close To Home - they were both psychological thrillers that kept you guessing whodunnit and what happened until very near the end whereas this book is more of a thriller where you know fairly early what Thomas sees in the window and it is more about the aftermath.
Thomas (35 years old) is an interesting but vulnerable character, he spends his days on the computer travelling the world, he calls it his work. He has a gift, a talent, and is obsessed with maps and learning directions, and has the ability to remember everything he sees while on Whirl360 (which sounds very much like Google Street View). But he's not capable of living on his own or looking after himself so, after his father dies in somewhat mysterious circumstances, his brother Ray comes to look after him.
Unfortunately, due to a set of coincidences and bad luck, they become involved in a political cover up which endangers their lives ...... all because Thomas trusts his eyes ....
I thought this was a good all round story, with an original plot, some stereotypical characters, unexpected surprises, quite a few murders, political ambitions, the CIA, unlikely assassins, plus a touch of romance, which all made for a thrilling (but not a page-turning) read.
This book is available from 27 September 2012 from Amazon.co.uk.