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I came across this dark jewel of a book a couple of years ago, hidden on the shelf in a local library, with an introduction and illustration by Frank Miller which only emphasizes the story's starkness. The novella concerns a telepath who is asked to investigate a killer on Death Row about whether or not they're guilty. In so, doing, he learns a dismaying fact about the killer, relating to himself. Hard to find, but highly recommended!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry    -   finding a killer (criminal) Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   Jedi powers Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog

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