Eyes and Knives
by Pete Malicki opens with this amazing declaration:
“In the final minutes before he died, Paul Hirsch was bored.”
Before you know it, you need urgently to find out why! Why he died. Why he was bored. How he died? And who the hell was Paul Hirsch anyway?
Simple questions as they seem to be, the path to the answer is a complex one, taking a week in the lives of the key characters to unveil.
Pete has presented the reader, in this his fourth novel, with a veritable feast of shady characters, luscious (and amoral) fem fatales, even a mad scientist with a genetically modified ‘member’ thrown in for good … er … measure. And he is as perplexed as everyone else about what it is that’s making people in the streets of Sydney spontaneously explode or commit random killing sprees.
As chilling as that may seem, Pete doesn’t allow the reader to become to invested in the victims and leaves the tone of the book entertaining and fast-paced, in a similar vein to a good Matthew Reilley but without the one-legged Sarge!!
The language is polished, the action gripping and Pete presents the reader with a big enough hook to compel the reader to delve deep into the narrative. My only criticism is that perhaps there are too many named characters who are of very similar bent and role, making the narrative a little confusing at times. However, overall, this is a book most worthy of a quiet Sunday afternoon or three.
Eyes and Knives
by Pete Malicki 2009
ISBN – 978-0-9806194-0-9
I would also have to say I’d be steering a wide course around Pete if ever an opening came up in the “Senior Management Team”. ;o)