The Third State

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Why was he in denial? What was it that he couldn't face? Something terrible had happened. He felt terrible.

It's nothing, he reassured himself. Everything's okay.

Still, he felt discombobulated as if his story didn't hang together, as if he failed to grasp a central theme, whatever that was. Something that made sense, seemed reasonable.

But,...

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Overview

Why was he in denial? What was it that he couldn't face? Something terrible had happened. He felt terrible.

It's nothing, he reassured himself. Everything's okay.

Still, he felt discombobulated as if his story didn't hang together, as if he failed to grasp a central theme, whatever that was. Something that made sense, seemed reasonable.

But, who were the DOAs?

And where was he?

Police Detective Mike Boyle is called to the scene of an apparent double-homicide. As he waits for his partner, Detective Yvonne King, he has difficulty connecting to the circumstances he finds himself in. When Yvonne arrives, he discovers that he is not alone in his uncertainty. But he must press on through the fog of his confusion, in order to solve the most important case of his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595372270
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/14/2005
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    Review of THE THIRD STATE

    The Third State by science fiction writer Arthur Herzog is a mystery novel mysteriously written. It takes awhile to understand what's going on. The book is brilliantly written, but it takes some knowledge of Eastern Religion to catch on to what's happening. Ater one does, it is a fine read.
    Detective Mike Boyle finds himself in a fog at the scene of a homicide. Who reported i? Who is the woman whose face keeps entering his mind? Who are the murdered couple? Is it him? And his partner Yvonne? We find ourselves transitioned into the Third State of Consciousness along with Boyle. It is a dreamless stage of sleep where the conscious mind does not seem to be present as there is no subject interacting with objects. What makes it so mysterious is that Det. Boyle recognizes that he is not dreaming and is going through the motions necessary for survival.
    When his black partner Yvonne arrives on the scene,she picks up on the many coincidences of the murdered pair with herself and Boyle--but never realized because both are married to other people. The book weaves in and out between victims and perp. The detectives don't know if they are dead, too. Can one be killed in the Third State? They get the news that the allegedly murdered couple have survived. Det. Boyle and his partner spend hous undergoing re-entry into their bodies. What's going on? It finally comes together in the end.

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