Asperger's, a cadaver and a killing to prove -- bauer is back
thrillers Rubbernecker Belinda Bauer Black Swan, £6.99, pbk
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Patrick Fort is not like everyone else. He never has been. He suffers from Asperger syndrome and likes everything to be just so. His peculiarities, including the fact he eats his food in alphabetical order, infuriate everybody, even his mother, making him a perpetual outsider.
He has an obsession with death, and when he wins a place in university to study anatomy, his life changes.
His team is set the task of finding out the cause of death of Cadaver 19, and when he becomes positive that the cadaver did not die of natural causes, his efforts to convince others that a crime has been committed fall foul of his inability to relate with other people and vice versa.
Meanwhile, in the coma ward in the hospital, car-crash victim Sam is equally desperately trying to communicate the fact that he's regained consciousness.
Rubbernecker is a black comedy thriller of the highest order, in turn macabre and laugh-out-loud funny, with richly peopled with well drawn characters and enough tension and plot twists to confirm multi-award-winning Bauer's reputation for being an unputdownable author.