The Sun Is God

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Authors who are just coming down from a highly successful trilogy (The Troubles is outstanding and should be read by anyone who enjoys a blend of historical mystery and thriller) then have to consider what book will best follow and keep the fans happy. With The Sun Is God, Adrian McKinty decides to stay with history, but moves to the start of the twentieth century as a “retired” British army officer finds himself in the German-controlled part of New Guinea. His quiet life is disturbed by a request from the Governor to investigate a suspicious death on a nearby island which is occupied by a cult practicing nudism, vegetarianism, and meditation encouraged by the consumption of heroin.

This is a mystery with a slow-build-up. Thematically, we’re dealing with a British peg who doesn’t quite fit in a German hole, who’s forced to decide whether to take the investigation seriously. He would be able to go back to his quiet life if he just followed the party line of no suspicious circumstances. Except, of course, that would be a boring plot. So we do eventually discover what probably happened in an emotionally tense ending which maintains historical accuracy.

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Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 230 pages
Publisher Seventh Street Books
Publish Date 2014-Sep-09
ISBN 9781616140687 Buy this Book
Issue November 2014
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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