“Entropy, an elegiac crime novel whose climax reveals its bleakly beautiful pattern.” Review by Rick Schindler, Culture Critic and Author of Fandemonium

I was extremely touched when I read Rick Schindler’s review of my book, Entropy. To have my writing compared to Joseph Conrad is a dream come true. He is one of my favorite writers. I would like to express thanks to the editorial team at Wattle Publishing who worked to bring the book to publication and to their design team who captured the essence of the book and its foreboding tale on the front cover. I hope that many, more will buy my book, read (hopefully, enjoy) and review it. I can’t wait to hear what you think. In the meantime, please find Rick’s Schindler’s review below:

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“In thermodynamics, entropy is unusable energy; in literature and popular culture, it has become a metaphor for inexorable decay and disorder. It is the title of one of Thomas Pynchon’s earliest stories and a motif in some of his most emblematic works, including The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity’s Rainbow. And it is also the title and motif of an elegiac crime novel by Robert Raker.

Entropy revolves around a series of grisly child murders in a woebegone region of Pennsylvania. Raker excels at painting its dismal landscape: a once-thriving farm reduced to mire by a blinding rainstorm; a neglected swimming pool in which a small body floats; a sweltering bus.

He is similarly adept at delineating the desolate hearts of the four narrators who tell his tale in turn, in fractured chronology redolent of Joseph Conrad: the diver contracted by police to retrieve the victims’ bodies, a man more comfortable immersed in water than in the mainstream of life; a musician marred by more than the loss of an arm; an undercover agent corrupted by the criminal identities he must assume, and an artist’s model numbed by tragedy and betrayal.

À la film noir, there are no heroes in Entropy to solve the case and save the day; just tormented souls grasping in vain for happiness and human connection. And they are connected, but only like flies caught in the same web. The complex pattern of that web becomes fully apparent only at this compelling novel’s cathartic climax.”

Review by Rick Schindler, Culture Critic and Author of Fandemonium
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