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Inside Job

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A delightful little enigma

    Rob is a true skeptic. In fact, he makes his living (if you could call it that) investigating psychics and channelers while publishing a magazine called the Jaundiced Eye. His motto is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That may be why he has never allowed himself to get involved with his too good to be true and beautiful assistant Kildy. Little does he know that cosmic forces are about to change his life and tie his beliefs into a Gordian Knot. Something extraordinary is happening in the performances of a local channeler. In the midst of her act, the spirit of a skeptic from the past generation seems to be taking over and telling the attendees what rubes they are and what a fraud the channeler is. To top it off, this spirit seems to be none other than Rob¿s hero H. L. Mencken, a great reporter and debunker from the past. Do you see Rob¿s problem now? If he accepts the spirit is genuine, he must accept channeling as real, but to remain a true skeptic, he must denounce the voice of his hero. This book, set in Beverly Hills, is styled after a classic hard boiled detective story, and true to that form, Rob smells a trap and suspects that the dame is in on the scam. When Kildy confesses her love for him, it only confirms his suspicions. How can she prove her love to a true skeptic? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and to win the day, true love must untangle this web and rise above all else. But how? Both short and intricately woven, this story reminded me of the M. C. Escher print of The Drawing Hands, where the left hand is drawing the right and vise-versa, only in this case one of the hands should be holding an eraser. In the end, it¿s the chicken and the egg question all over again with the creationist against the evolutionists. The ending is written so that a true skeptic will feel quite satisfied, but with the spirit of a dead debunker intruding on the present, who really gets the last laugh? I highly recommend this book to anyone with a brain. Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Willis at her screwball best.

    The motif of this Connie Willis story is H.L. Mencken and con artists, and it is pure joy to read. Willis is rightly one of the most awarded authors in science fiction, and her wit and humanism are on full display here. This story sparkles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Wonderful Book - different layers, well worth adding to your library.

    She is one of the best Storytellers I have ever come across. It is a joy to read her prose and the development of her characters. For some authors it can be an effort to read their works but hers is always an easy read. I would suggest reading this book the first time for enjoyment and the second time to learn (different levels). If you don't know who H. L. Mencken is google him.

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