4 out of 4 stars
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Did you ever have a friend in college that knew almost all the answers to any question asked? The kind of friend you would place in the class of a demigod? If you can relate to this, you would make sense of the relationship between Jonathan and Sedgewick in The Adventures of Sedgewick Harris by AF OConnor.
His friends and colleagues knew Sedgewick Harris as the guy with the photographic memory. This unique ability attracted the attention of the British Secret Service, who eventually enlisted him to work on the Enigma Project during World War II. When the war ended, Sedgewick became a private investigator in London. In 1953, he decided to spend the Christmas holiday with his old buddy, Jonathan Wilson. What was supposed to be a break from work turned out to be an investigative adventure. His skills were called into action to help nearby communities solve a spate of crimes. Would he be as good as he was before and during the Enigma Project?
This book brought back junior high school memories for me — it reminded me of the days I was so into James Hadley Chase's short crime thrillers. At 162 pages, the author put together four short stories that revolved around the main character, Sedgewick Harris. However, the narrative was in the first person — in the voice of Jonathan Wilson, Sedgewick's friend. Each crime was distinct, and they came with various intricacies that challenged Sedgewick to think outside the box. As a lover of crime thrillers, I would give the author plaudits for this exceptional work.
What I liked most was the connection between the stories. The author did well to take me on a smooth journey through these adventures. The flow of thought was top-notch. With the way the stores were flowing, I could never be bored even if there were twenty of them in this book. The author used a soap opera style to present the stories in this book — background story, high drama, and epiphany. These elements made the book engaging and worthwhile. I was left yearning for more when I got to the end of the book.
I liked the character development of this book. Sedgewick's personality was relatable because the author already laid a good foundation on which his character was built. I liked that the author didn't make Sedgewick's character a lone ranger. Even with his innate abilities, Sedgewick could depend on other people to carry out investigations. The fact that I could see his flaws made me like him the more as the stories unfolded.
The author's descriptive writing style was given full play in this book. There were no holes in the storyline as the author paid attention to the tiniest detail. The reader would easily follow the investigations and not feel left out at any point. There were no out-of-the-blue discoveries that didn't have clear explanations for them. This book was a joy to read.
This book was well written and professionally edited — I only found three minor errors. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. If you love top-notch investigative crime thrillers, then this book will make your day. I also recommend it to teenagers and young adults as it contained no profanity.
The Adventures of Sedgewick Harris
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