The Babylon Contingency

Clifford Longley. Lion Fiction (Kregel, dist.), $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-78264-120-9
When what begins as a simple breaking and entering turns into a mystery of biblical proportions, Longley’s (The Worlock Archive) Det. Insp. Robert Peele of London’s Metropolitan Police Department must travel the world to find answers in this overly detailed, somewhat confusing thriller, the debut installment of a new series. The first indication Robbie has that things are going awry in his life and career comes when certain government agencies begin asking for favors and pulling some strings in his latest case. As questions about the origins of the world’s major religions come into play, things only get murkier in what turns out to be a global anthropological chess game with deadly consequences. Written as a first-person account filled with technical detail, the detective inspector’s investigation follows a convoluted, often unintentionally humorous path filled with convenient happy accidents. The information-laden narrative detracts from the storytelling, leaving a novel with all the heart of a written report. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/22/2014
Release date: 11/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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