Review: The Final Solution

Hey! it’s back to back mystery reviews this week.  Now up, Michael Chabon’s novella the Final Solution.

Now I love Chabon!  One of the few “literary” writers whose totally unafraid to wear his genre influences openly.  And never moreso than in this book, a later day Sherlock Holmes tale (although the character is only ever refered to as “the old man” here), with a few allusions to Dashiel Hammet and told in the style of one of Philip K. Dick’s multiple perspective novels.

As for the plot, it’s post blitz England and a parrot has been abducted.  There’s a murder too but no one really cares too much about that because the parrot has been espousing a series of German numbers that may hold the key to defeating the Germans.

Chabon’s prose is as beautiful as always, and the story here gives him enough freedom to have some fun, like telling a chapter from the viewpoint of the parrot.  The ending isn’t a huge surprise for anyone familiar with the Maltese Falcon, but then that’s kind of the point of this exercise so that’s alright.

If you’re a fan of mysteries, or of Chabon, this one is a must read.

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