Pulse
by Harvey, Michael






Investigating the murder of a Harvard football star, a pair of veteran detectives are stunned when the victim's teen-runaway brother arrives at the scene, claiming to have metaphysical knowledge of the crime before it occurred. By the author of Brighton. 100,000 first printing.





*Starred Review* Boston in the mid-1970s. A university football player is murdered. A couple of homicide cops work the case, following the few meager leads, but someone else is also trying to find the boy's killer: the victim's younger brother, Daniel, who can see things before they happen and who might be able to solve what the police can't. Harvey, an investigative journalist who has written several well-received crime novels (including, most recently, the Boston-set Brighton?, 2016), gives us a gritty mystery with an element of fantasy that, rather than detracting from the story's realism, actually supports it: we totally believe in Daniel's ability, which means that when Harvey starts layering on the twists and turns, we marvel at, rather than disbelieve, the revelations that follow. Harvey takes some risks here-a serpentine, fantasy-tinged plot is always in danger of running off its tracks-but he never loses control of his narrative, and readers just might find themselves a bit out of breath at the end of the ride. An ambitious, brilliantly successful novel and a textbook example of how to make crime fiction and fantasy work as a team. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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