Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Philosophical Practioner

by Larry Abrams

It was the title that captured my interest.  I read a NetGalley book on my Kindle so I didn't get to see the picture - it would have intrigued me as well.

The main character, Eric, is a very likable man who helps people with their problems from a philosophical standpoint rather than emotional one.  I kind of like that idea.  He doesn't have many clients because most people have no clue what he does.

One day a woman walks into he office and tells him she's going to kill someone.  Mistakenly, he thinks she wants him to talk her out of it.  She doesn't.  On her second or third visit to his office she informs him that he is the person she is going to kill but first he needs to find out who Clara Thompson is.

What a good come-on.  It was original, creative, and tempting; so I kept reading.  The format allowed the author to use a lot of his philosophy training.  That wasn't a bad thing, in fact, it was quite interesting, but I did grow a little tired of it.

I mentioned that I really liked Eric.  He was smart as well as wise which led me to question why he loved a woman who was more interested in being famous than in sharing his practical life-style.  I guess there's no accounting for love but this couple were totally mismatched.

I would have liked a little more of the suspense and mystery dealing the female killer - some nail-biting.  The author did sneak in a surprise moment and that was fun.  I had to reread it to make sure I got it right.  Applauds for that.  All in all, this was a fun and worthwhile read.

This book will be in stores Aug 3, 2012.

 ** I received a free copy of The Philosophical Practitioner from Telemachus Press and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.

1 comment:

Kailana said...

I agree. The title and cover the are intriguing!