Truth is in the eyes of the beholders. For every sliver of a broken mirror there is a slightly different reality.
The unsolved murder of psychologist Professor Joseph Wieber in Princeton in 1987 resurfaces when literary agent Peter Katz receives the introductory part of a manuscript. Written by Richard Flynn, it introduces the main characters that interacted with the professor around the time of his death. Richard, Laura Barnes,the girl he is head over heels in love with and the psychologically damaged handyman, Derek Simmons.
This enjoyable who dunnit tale is told – and retold – in fragments, as Katz asks his friend, John Keller, an ex-journalist, to try to find the rest of the manuscript when Flynn dies. The bulk of the story is told by Keller who finally gives up and passes the baton to the retired detective, Roy Freeman, who was involved in the case twenty five years previously.
Each narrating character is warmly moulded and each sheds some fractured slivers of light as they and the peripheral figures who knew the professor or the suspects who might have had reason to take his life all contribute to the picture.
The story highlights the fallibility of memory and the conflicting interpretations of views focused on the same events.
Book Details: Century imprint – ISBN: 9781780895680
My thanks to Random House Penguin South Africa for this review copy.