"A fascinating psychic detective tale"
In New York City, Carlos ekes out a below sustenance
living as a psychic detective. Though he knows that
present day clients pays the bills, Carlos prefers
mysteries of the darkened past. So when he read a strange
missive on a blackboard, Carlos decides to use his psychic
friends starting with Joe Davidson to make contact with
Judge Crater, who vanished in the 1930s.
Carlos and friends make contact, but the Judge is not a
friendly ghost and is a bit upset by being disturbed.
Crater informs Carlos that he will find out the truth of
what happened to him, but will also be punished by what he
learns. Though concerned because he understands the
strength of the other side, Carols begins investigating
the life of Judge Joseph Crater before he disappeared. The
judge lived a life filled with violence, suffered dual
personality disorder and appears to have been the victim
of a psychic murder that might end in the present with a
second homicide from the afterlife; the target being
DUPLICITY is an entertaining tale starring several
delightfully way out characters, especially the hero and
his trio of psychic pals. Everyone wants a Joe passing a
stock market tip to them (adds realistic sense to ESP).
The story line is fun to follow as it blends an
otherworldly scenario with an urban legend inside a noir.
The use of Judge Crater who ranks with Jimmy Hoffa for
vanishing acts adds a sense of reality to the plot.
Though Carlos' motive to conduct the inquiries seems weird
even for a weirdo like him, fans of paranormal mysteries
will enjoy the DUPLICITY of life and afterlife that this
tale so delightfully provides its audience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 28, 2003
Duplicity tells the story of Carlos, '60's counterculture
refugee, who earns a meager living as a psychic detective
in New York City in the '90's. Prompted by a message seen
on a blackboard, Carlos embarks on the kind of case he
relishes--a mystery from the past. In 1930, New York
Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater vanished, never to be
seen again. Aided by psychic friends, Carlos seeks out
Crater's spirit. Angry at being called to answer questions,
the spirit issues a warning: Carlos will learn Crater's
fate, but will suffer for it. The mystery follows Carlos,
revealing Crater's past of violence, dual personality and
psychic murder. Powerfully intermingling the lives and
consciousness of two men--one dead and the other alive--
Duplicity demonstrates the power of the dead over the
living. For Carlos, it's a journey into pos-session by an
evil spirit and the merging of his personality with
Crater's reliving the last days of the missing man's life--
revealing themes of disappearance, dualities of existence,
and personal disintegration, ending with Crater's death--
and perhaps Carlos' death as well.