"Strange but enjoyable thriller"
Computer guru Jonathan Hayes loves his wife Joan with his
soul and cherishes their two children, four years old
Katherine and four month old J.J. Perhaps the only
negative factor in his idyllic life is Joan's crazy ex-
husband Barry who surfaces every few years with pleading
for his "wife" to come home to raise their son Merle who
died at birth.
Jonathan's life falls apart when the police arrest him for
raping and murdering a teenage girl and for having killed
two federal agents a few years ago. Police Captain
Johansson lets him go when she learns the FBI report was a
fake. Still the police harass Jonathan and the next day
re-arrest him for a second murder, but his lawyer proves
that he has an air tight alibi as the cops hassled him for
the past twenty-four hours. When Joan is murdered
Jonathan turns to a special program that takes users
beyond virtual reality into magic reality. He plans to
confront Barry, who he believes is the culprit as well as
a wizard trying to bring life to Merle.
NIGHTMARE LOGIC is a strange tale that for two thirds of
the novel is a crime thriller with a seemingly high tech
methodology behind the troubles facing Jonathan, but
abruptly the story line takes a left turn without a signal
into urban fantasy. Though readers will need to adjust to
the twist and overcome the use of wizardry to easily
explain Barry's skills, both parts come together so that
the audience receives an exciting different tale that
stays at supersonic speed until the final skirmish between
the hero and the villain.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 21, 2004