The Other Side of Eden

Julian Jay Savarin, Author
Julian Jay Savarin, Author . Severn $28.95 (234p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6369-0
Reviewed on: 05/08/2006
Release date: 07/01/2006
Hardcover - 333 pages - 978-0-7278-7919-6
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A certain degree of predictability in a thriller can be a comfort, but Savarin may be settling into a disturbing rut—in his eighth Müller and Pappenheim outing (after Seasons of Change ), certain elements seem predestined to the point of tedium. Don't go up in a light plane if you're supposed to be related to Müller, for example. Many plot details are familiar from Savarin's previous books in his series about Berlin Hauptkommissar Jens Müller, a wealthy, titled young man who drives a customized Porsche and wears his hair in a ponytail, and his deputy, the chubby, chain-smoking and defiantly working-class Sergeant Pappenheim. Müller, who seems to do little actual work in Germany, is still off in Australia, looking for a couple with knowledge about his parents, who died when he was 12. The secret fascist group known as Semper, responsible for their deaths, is still a world threat. After a few pages of this, readers might well mutter, "Been there, bought that," and move on to entertainment slightly more surprising. (July)

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