Tuesday, January 5, 2016

THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen

In The Question of the Missing Head, E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen's narrator has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Samuel Hoenig runs a business called Questions Answered. Dr. Marshall Ackerman, chief administrator of Garden State Cryonics Institute, hires Hoenig to answer the question, "Who stole one of our heads, Mr. Hoenig?"

Apparently, someone stole a head the Institute was preserving in hopes of restoring it to life. If Hoenig does not recover the head within a few hours, the person's brain will die.

Hoenig works with a recently met sidekick, Ms. Washburn. She is adept at interpreting emotions and explaining the euphemisms and other figures of speech that confuse the literal Hoenig.

Along the way, someone murders a doctor at the Institute. Samuel Hoenig meets the mother and brother of the lady whose head was stolen. He gets to know the strange head of security at the Institute. And finally, he solves the very complicated murder.

Like a lot of people, I suppose, I picked up this book because of its unusual title. I found the book worth reading. The premise requires a willing suspension of disbelief. And I have no way of evaluating whether the portrayal of Asperger's is true to life. But I liked the people and the story.

The book closes with an complicated scenario appropriate for a literal, detailed person like Samuel. It also closes with a brief hint that there might come to be more between Hoenig and the unhappily married Ms. Washburn.

As I understand it, this is the first book in a continuing series.


R.T. (Tim) said...

Yes, the title is a great hook (which is refreshing since so many authors and publishers seem to have a tin-ear when they slap titles onto books), and your succinct review/posting is sufficient bait; I'll check it out. Thanks for your posting. All the best from Crime Classics.

Joe Barone said...

Thanks, Tim.