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Monday, May 14, 2012

THE KULT by Shaun Jeffrey_Review

The KultThe Kult by Shaun Jeffrey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Kult,” first of the Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow novels, is an incredible, complexly-plotted, mystery/thriller/suspense/horror. Not for the faint of heart due to its graphic violence, it is nevertheless well worth the reading-and the violence is never gratuitous, but rather an integral part of the plot line and characterization. Well-written, fascinating, and riveting, “The Kult” serves as a fine introduction to author Shaun Jeffrey, and convinced me to read his entire oeuvre.

Unraveling this plot is the joy of the story, so I won’t detail it other than to say that on the choices of the past are founded the mistakes of the present and the fears of our future. As Detective C. I. Snow discovers, not only are our choices in the past part of our present, but so are the choices others around us made. As John Donne penned centuries ago, “No man is an island,” and this is very true for Snow and the friends of his youth. Seeds planted in secondary school bear fruit now decades later, both for good and for bad; and Snow and his friends discover that the foundations laid in past years are sometimes very shakily constructed indeed.

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