Floater

Floater Detective William Dempsey of the New York Police Department is having a bad time of it Having endured along with his brothers in blue Manny Pinero and Evan Haley a months long homicide trial for the

  • Title: Floater
  • Author: Lucius Shepard
  • ISBN: 9781902880792
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Detective William Dempsey of the New York Police Department is having a bad time of it Having endured along with his brothers in blue, Manny Pinero and Evan Haley a months long homicide trial for the inadvertant or was it shooting of Haitian immigrant, Israel Lara, he s been abandoned by his fiancee, deemed unfit for duty, and is sinking into an oblivion of vodkaDetective William Dempsey of the New York Police Department is having a bad time of it Having endured along with his brothers in blue, Manny Pinero and Evan Haley a months long homicide trial for the inadvertant or was it shooting of Haitian immigrant, Israel Lara, he s been abandoned by his fiancee, deemed unfit for duty, and is sinking into an oblivion of vodka and pills Then there s that little problem with his eye A floater, his optometrist says Nothing to worry about Microscopic bits of protein adrift in the humor that cast shadows on the retina But Dempsey s worried For one thing, instead of dispersing, the floater continues to grow, occluding his vision and causing disturbing hallucinations For another, his partner, Pinero, is behaving strangely and there s the suggestion that the floater may not be a harmless opthamological incident but an emblem that signals a peculiar form of vengeance and the imminence of a voodoo god As he tries to determine what is happening, Dempsey s investigation leads him from rave culture to santeria ceremonies in storefront temples and, ultimately, to a circumstance that may have cosmic implications and a truth that lies hidden in the deepest sub basements of his own mind.

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    1. infinityplus/nonfiction/floaterm[return][return]"Dempsey hated the mornings before his drugs kicked in." From the very first sentence, you know this is going to be something special. The protagonist, a New York cop who has recently been acquitted of murder after shooting dead a Haitian immigrant in controversial circumstances, begins to dig deeper into the background of the incident and finds himself enmeshed in a world of strange Caribbean voodoo cults where nothing and nobody are quite what th [...]

    2. This short novel had a good start, and it offered a couple of real gems early on. It gets interesting for a while, but in its entirety I thought it was just okay. The promise of the dramatic cover art, the inviting tone of the first few chapters, and the image of George Bush waiving to Stevie Wonder, is what I'll gladly take away. It seems certain that this story would be more entertaining if presented as a half-hour TV episode. The novelette format, in my opinion, doesn't carry off the effect t [...]

    3. This starts out as weird noir and slowly becomes a visionary piece of fantasy. A dark portrait of post-911 New York and plot involving police shootings and Voodoo mythology. The handling of imagery, characters, and dialogue makes Shepard seem tailor made for Hollywood (except for that fact he is not lobotomized.) Probably some suit read some of his film reviews.

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