NERVE DAMAGE (Suspense-Roy Valois-Vermont-Cont) – G+
Abrahams, Peter – Standalone
Wm. Morrow, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780061137976
First Sentence: Sometimes the dead live on in your dreams.
Metal sculptor Roy Valois has just finished a masterful piece of sculpture he names for his late wife, Delia and plays an exceptional game during his local hockey night. When talking with a friend and wondering whether his goal that night would someday be mentioned in his obituary, he solicits the help of a young geek to look it up. However, his surprise comes when he sees they’ve listed Delia’s job as being with the UN and not with a private think tank. In trying to clear up this “mistake,” the reporter is murdered and it soon become clear someone doesn’t want Roy questioning the past.
Abrahams writes very good psychological/political suspense. In Roy, he has created a character for whom we quickly come to care. He is realistic both as an artist who sees the flaws in his work where others see the perfections, and as a man who still loves playing hockey, still grieves the loss of his wife and is thrown into desperation when he finds he has an incurable cancer. Abrahams has created an excellent race against time and conveys Roy’s frustration beautifully. The plot, as the story progresses, does go over the top but it certainly didn’t slow down my reading. If you’re looking for an exciting one-sitting read or a great airplane book, this is it.