Musical. I’m undecided after reading Kevin Guilfoyle’s second novel, The Thousand, if there is more to it than meets the eye, or less. Protagonist Canada Gold (Nada) has an experimental neurostimulator that was implanted in her brain to relieve ADHD, and as a consequence of the stimulation she has increased perceptual powers. A group of Pythagoreans called The Thousand want to retrieve the device to use for their own purposes, and they are divided into competing forces, the acusamati and mathamatici. Nada’s father was a musician who was murdered, and his manuscript which was his finished version of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, has been missing. A flawed and diligent Chicago detective provides color, as does Nada’s boyfriend. In some respects Guilfoyle has written a symphony in prose: there are motifs that come and go, and movements that are slower or faster. When I closed the last page, I put the book down and thought, “now what was that all about?” I’m still unsure of the answer. Readers who like a good puzzle, and novels with interesting characters are those most likely to enjoy this thriller.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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