Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband by Jeffrey Cohen and E.J. Copperman

What do you get when you mix an Aspie (short for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome) with a dead body or two?  Throw in a helpful assistant, a straight-shooting mother, and an ex-military cab driver and you have a recipe for a wonderfully quirky mystery.

The main character, Samuel Hoenig, makes it clear that he is NOT a private investigator, but runs a consulting firm called Questions Answered.  He merely answers questions, and his success rate is 100%.  Plus, Samuel has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means that he is highly intelligent and incredibly logical, but completely inept when entering the realm of emotions.  This is where the other characters come in, to help him navigate in this unfamiliar terrain.

 Though the plot is a bit forced, the characters in this story are so fully realized that you will barely notice.  If you enjoyed The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, then this book is for you.

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