By this time you know my penchant for mystery novels. A Murder of Crows is by Canadian author David Rotenbergnis book two in The Junction Chronicles. The title might be misleading because this is not a conventional mystery or thriller with the intrepid cop, FBI agent (although there is one) or disaffected private eye.
Decker Roberts is a synaesthete or as Yslan (pronounced eye-lan) Hicks, thinks of him Gifted. His skill is not hearing colour or seeing sounds. Decker can tell when someone is lying. He gets particular touch, visual and temperature sensations when a lie is told. He can use the sense on people he doesn't know but not on those he is close to.
Corporations, billionaires and even countries will pay Decker for this unique service and he evaluates the truthfulness of witnesses for them. The catch is that he has no control over what then occurs. It could end badly (as in death or torture) for the liar so he tries to divorce himself from the results of his "gift."
There is an explosion at exclusive Ancaster College where the best and brightest new scientists study. It is graduation and everyone has gathered for the ceremony when a bomb explodes killing many. Yslan Hicks calls in a favour and Decker is forced to help with the investigation.
The whole book is not what you expect. The FBI agent doesn't know all. Decker is seriously flawed with a tragic personal history. Much of his motivation is to earn money to help his estranged son. His odd friend, Eddie is an IT genius. There is even a spiritual or other-worldly connection. There are even the Canadian connections...to the CBC and the west coast. All a great mix.
I am definitely going to read The Placebo Effect, the first book in The Junction Chronicles. If you like something a bit different, a bit more intriguing, I highly recommend A Murder of Crows.
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