Intrigue in McCarthy era
Fever City by Tim Baker, Allen& Unwin, $32.99 ................................................ Tim Baker sets his debut crime novel in mid-century America. Here he paints a lurid picture of the rich and the famous, a novel for all those conspiracy theorists. It consists of three interrelated stories.
Nick Alston is a LA private investigator hired to capture the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most powerful man. Hastings is a mob hitman also involved in the search. Both men then become involved with a sinister cabal with tentacles from the White House to Dealey Plaza. Decades later in Dallas Alston’s son comes across evidence from JFK conspiracy theorists that his father may have links to the shot that killed Kennedy. He sets out on amission to discover the truth.
This novel is set mainly in the 60s during the McCarthy era. It is filled with famous names, film stars, major gangsters of the time and, of course, the Kennedys.
It is fast-paced, wellwritten, with twists all the way through but, for me, the most difficult crime story I have read for a long time. It darts from the 60s with different characters’ stories then back to the present day. There is graphic violence.
None of the characters is at all likeable. Jack Kennedy’s personal life is luridly detailed. Themain premise of the conspiracy theorists appear to be that Kennedy was assassinated by the gangsters with the nod from the rich and powerful. They saw their own interests being threatened by amore liberal President.
It was not my most enjoyable read , but it might well be somebody else’s.