Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one—who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?Read more...
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Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one—who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?
Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what started out as a theft has escalated to murder. With suspects and motives emerging at a rapid rate, one final question remains—can Samuel’s powers of deduction uncover a killer in the face of overwhelming odds?
A Mystery Scene Best Book of 2014
" A] delightful and clever mystery."—Publishers Weekly
"Delightfully fresh and witty . . . Pure heaven."—Mystery Scene
"In this well-crafted story, the Asperger's element . . . provides a unique point of view on crime-solving, as well as offering a sensitive look at a too-often-misunderstood condition."—Booklist
"Copperman/Cohen succeeds in providing a glimpse not only of the challenges experienced by those with Asperger's, but also of their unique gifts."—Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Cleverly written and humorous."—Crimespree Magazine
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-11
- Reviewer: Staff
This delightful and clever mystery from Copperman (The Thrill of the Haunt) introduces an unusual protagonist: Samuel Hoenig, who has learned to cope with his Asperger's syndrome sufficiently enough to open New Jersey–based firm Questions Answered. Assisted by photographer and potential client Janet Washburn, Samuel takes on a bizarre case on behalf of Dr. Marshall Ackerman: determining who stole a frozen head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute. Not helping matters, the lab's security head, "Commander" Johnson, worries more about protecting his reputation than solving the crime. The robbery is overshadowed when Dr. Rebecca Springer, one of the facility's scientists, is found murdered. Copperman (the pseudonym of Jeff Cohen) overemphasizes investigating officer Det. Glendon Lapides's ineptitude, presumably to make Samuel's peculiar genius shine through all the more. What works best, though, is that the book doesn't shrink from depicting Samuel's idiosyncrasies—they are simply part of who he is. (Oct.)