Friday, March 31

Pursuit by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Review by Theodore Feit

           Pursuit was published over a month ago, and I just got around to reading it.  The wait was more than worthwhile.  This is the fifth novel in the Inspector Espinoza Mystery Series, and is quite different from its predecessors.  For the most part, previous stories have been police procedurals, with Inspector Espinoza, when he wasn't browsing used book stores, solving crimes logically and step-by-step. In this case, we have a psychological thriller

 Key to the plot is uncovering the truth of a complicated situation.  It begins with a psychiatrist treating a patient and expands to unstated—or at least misunderstood--threats.  The doctor reports that his daughter is missing, possibly kidnapped.  He tells Espinoza the patient is out to destroy him by seducing his daughter (which in fact he does).  As a result, when she returns home, he commits her to a private clinic and treats her with mind-changing drugs.  And he then has the patient transferred to another hospital, where he supposedly dies.

The novel is told in three parts—three separate stories from various points of views.  Just what are the facts?  Espinoza can interpret them several ways, raising questions about who is driving whom crazy.  The reader is treated to all the ramifications, and is no closer to the truth until the end—if then.  While Pursuit is unlike its predecessors, which are recommended if one has not read them, it is a thoughtful and meaningful study, worthy of Inspector Espinoza.

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