Samuel Hoenig, the protagonist and first-person narrator in this newest book by E.J. Copperman, 29 years old and still living with his mother, opened Questions Answered, in Piscataway, New Jersey, three months ago as our story opens. His first client of the day is one Janet Washburn, who quickly becomes his invaluable colleague, assisting him in handling his second client of the day, one Dr. Marshall Ackerman, proprietor of Garden State Cryonics Institute, in North Brunswick, where they freeze the body, or just the cranium, “of people who have just died in the hope that someday there will be a means to reanimate them and cure their disease.” Dr. Ackerman’s problem is quite unique: One of the facility’s heads is missing. Since any job requires that a specific query must be posed, Dr. Ackerman asks “Who stole one of our heads?” Daunting as this is from the outset, it becomes only more so when the three go to the facility in question, and a dead body is found in the room in which the head was stored.
The novel displays equal amounts of the usual components of this author’s writing: suspense and humor. But perhaps one of the most intriguing things about this particular book has to do with the character of Samuel, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, which Samuel believes is not a disorder, but merely a “facet of his personality.” No one questions his intellect, which borders on brilliance. He tends to be obsessive about some things, e.g., the Beatles and the New York Yankees (there is a priceless paragraph about baseball as a sport). The plotting is ingenious, and I devoured this book in little more than twenty-four hours. I probably don’t have to add that I loved it, and it is highly recommended....Continua