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Aging baby-boomer Russell Walker wants only to retreat from the world and the shattering death of his beloved wife, into the woods of British Columbia. But the real world won't let him become a hermit. Instead, he finds himself thrust into the mystery of a series of mass murders by a monstrous sadist and serial killer who makes Hannibal Lector look like a boy scout. And he is caught in a frightening predicament: He is the only possible intermediary between a telepath called Smelly, so sensitive he can't stand to be near most people, and a skeptical police officer who needs to hear and believe what Smelly knows about the fiend. This involuntary trio may be the only ones who can catch the inhuman butcher before he kills again-if he doesn't catch them first.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Spider Robinson is renowned for his "Callahan's Place" series of bestselling novels, the latest being Callahan's Con (Tor). With his wife, Jeanne, he has written the Hugo- and Nebula-winning "Stardance" series (Baen). He has been a favorite with readers from his earliest stories, which won him the John Campbell Award for best new writer. Since then he has garnered many other awards for his amusing, Heinlein-inspired SF, with the current total at three Hugos and a Nebula Award. He is frequently a guest at SF conventions across the US and Canada. His last book for Baen was the novel Lady Slings the Booze, an offshoot of the Callahan series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the biggest disappointments in literature. I have devoured all of Spider's Callahan books and prayed for more, I have enjoyed the novels he has written, but this doesn't (other than a FEW shining spots) even seem like the same writer. He takes a great premise, good characters, and fumbles badly. It felt like he decided he wanted to do something else and just wrote a quick ending. Not only would I NOT recommend this, I would recommend NOT reading it. In my opinion it was a waste of money, and worse, time.
Fiftyish Canadian Russell Walker writes ¿The Fifth Horseman¿ opinion column twice a week for the Globe and Mail national newspaper, but recently has found no joy in his work or his personal life, which he admits has been very good. As Russell hides inside his remote home on Heron Island near Vancouver, he is depressed and thinking about committing suicide as he has ever since his beloved wife and companion for over three decades Susan recently died.--- Russell¿s college acquaintance Zandor 'Smelly' Zudenigo arrives needing help. In 1967, Russell met Smelly, an Einstein clone, who could read minds. Zandor needs Russell, the only mind that the genius can tolerate for more than a nanosecond as reading minds devastates the gifted; this skill turned him into a hermit. A low flying plane over his deserted island enabled Zudie to read the brain of a serial killer planning his next murder. He needs Russell to serve as his intermediary with the cops. Russell is blown away by the police categorizing him as a nut; only police officer Hilda Mandic helps, but though they close in on the killer, he is ready to become their predator.--- This fantastic paranormal serial killer tale contains four key characters, who seem genuine whether they are depressed, can read and influence minds, have doubts but take a chance, or just sadistically brutal. Russell tells the tale so the audience gains greater insight into him than the others as he somewhat filters how the remaining trio appears. Joyfully, Spider Robinson not so subtly hints this team will return.--- Harriet Klausner
This book seems to have a lot of Spider's autobiography (if you know his life with Jeanne) intertwined with a murder mystery/ horror story. I can't decide if I will buy the next book in the series.
This was my first S.R. book and it immediately reminded me of Stephen King. There are paranormal elements and flawed characters that present dilemnas never imagined because of the unique setting. It was a great read for me and reminded me what it's like when an author really cuts loose and writes outside the normal framework.