* 1/2 Rock Creek Park by Simon Conway

Here’s a good horror book for Halloween: Rock Creek Park starts with a single, disfigured body, but within a few days and a few down pages the body count inches up, “normally”, I dare to say, as befits a detective novel. But midway through the book, as chimps are bred with humans (adapted from The Violinist’s Thumb and its Russian mad scientists) and spy agencies from three countries collide, there are hundreds of corpses and any pretense that this political intrigue could really happen melts away. Too bad, the investigator hero is interesting (if impossibly sleep-deprived!)


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