"Hitchcock fans will enjoy this."
Henry Pierce obtains a new phone number that the scientist
quickly sends out to his business contacts and scientific
peers. However, he soon receives calls from individuals
asking for Lilly and her escort service. He concludes that
Lilly is a high priced call girl peddling her wares through
her number placed in cyberspace except those phone digits
now belong to Henry.
From his molecular research work, Henry is used to doing
things so he seeks out Lilly to get her to remove the
number from her homepage. However, Lilly apparently has
vanished, which reminds Henry of his sister who turned
hooker before being murdered. Unable to resist, Henry
begins a search for Lilly that leads to the police and some
nasty individuals chasing after him. As he applies
deductive and inductive reasoning to his situation, Henry
realizes his paranoia proves valid not to trust anyone.
Hitchcock fans will enjoy this contemporary updating of the
classic North by Northwest due to the action and clever
twists and turns. Henry makes a wonderful Roger Thornhill
as he struggles with the truth that never seems to be out
there. Readers will briefly wonder why a brilliantly
logical person like Henry failed to just obtain a new
number even if he knows it's a pain to inform his
associates of the change and feels guilty over his sister's
death. Still, fans will gloss over that as the delightful
thriller stars an intelligent nerd landing in one
predicament after another using sound reasoning to stay
alive for the moment.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 11, 2002