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Crescent Blues Book ViewsImage:three and a half moon gifPoltroon Press ISBN 0-918395-18-6
P.I. Jones sneaks into room. No one will sneak behind him and whack him on the head this time.

P.I. Jones collapses as man steps out from behind door P.I. Jones didn't bother to check behind and whacks him on the head.

As he slips, once again into the obsidian darkness of near coma, P.I. Jones wonders if he's really cut out for this job.

Book: Mark Coggins, The Immortal GameEdwin Bishop, who flirts with the submissive side of bondage and sado-masochism, fires his last.. . .er. . . companion, who retaliates by stealing Bishop's only copies of his latest chess software. This chess software consistently wins against the grand masters of the game.

Terri McCulloch, Edwin's ex-er…companion, sells the software to Bishop's main rival and past adversary, Roland Teller. Desperate to avoid a lawsuit -- and to avoid letting the public know about his interesting hobbies -- Bishop hires cracked -- sorry, crack detective August Riordan to find McCulloch and Teller, and convince them to return said software unpublished.

Riordan's punishment begins here.

Trailed everywhere by Teller's gay receptionist, Gary Duckworth, Riordan watches as McCulloch's boyfriend, Chuck Hastrup, smashes his $4,000 plus Alberto Begliomini cello. Then Chuck and a friend nearly kill Riordan with a severe beating.

In fact, Riordan gets clubbed, smacked, thumped, slapped, kicked, walloped and bashed so many times that I started giving a minus half crescent for each beating. I came close to minus three before Riordan started walloping back. With an explosive powered nail gun at that.

Hey, he had to nail this guy one way or the other…

Riordan appears rather stupid much of the time (for example, chatting in a friendly manner to the guy who smashed his irreplaceable cello and nearly killed him). Towards the end though, the action and pace do pick up even if the ending seems very contrived.

Might be worth a read if you don't mind your main character receiving a few -- well quite a few -- blows to the head.

Stephen Smith

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