book reviews by Althea

Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem ****

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A really well-done mystery, featuring a protagonist with Tourette’s Syndrome. Lionel is an orphan, but when he and 3 other boys are picked at an orphanage to help out a man named Frank Minna, doing odd jobs, his life is changed… Minna’s a small-time mobster, but he becomes a father figure to the naive Lionel. And when, years later, Minna is murdered, it’s Lionel’s unexpected persistence that will lead him to solve the crime – but also lead him into danger from more sides that he even knows of…
The book is really believable – surprisingly so, for one featuring the Mob, a shady Japanese corporation, and a mysterious Zen school… all ties in with violent crime… and it really gives one insight into the inner life of someone suffering from this ailment.


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