Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mystery With A Moral

In certain cultures of Africa, they used to catch monkeys by using a long-necked gourd. They would pour rice down the narrow neck into the large bottom of the hollowed out gourd and then tie it to a tree. After catching the scent, the monkey would run its little hand down into the gourd to grab a handful of rice. That was all it took for the capture – not because the monkey couldn’t pull its hand out, but because it wouldn’t unclench its fist and let go of the rice.

The above was just one story used within the book “Diary of a Dead Man” written by Walter Krumm. I was introduced to this book and author by somebody who read one of my postings. They suggested I might like the book so I took a chance. Let me say to start off that I was glad I read it. There were several things I found interesting about it – including the use of stories like the one in the above paragraph. I enjoyed the style of the author, how the story was written, and the twists and turns. The title of the book tells a little about how the story is told. A lot of it is told from the personal view of the character – Cameron (Cam) Taylor.

This book tells a story that starts as an “innocent” encounter in cyberspace. Cameron Taylor had no idea where it would lead when he started chatting with Emily online. It turns into an online affair and he is about to break it off. If only he would have stopped.

The story starts with the day that could have made a difference. Cam was prepared to put an end to the online relationship. He had a wife and kids who he loved. But once again he got drawn in by his own desires – he was going to meet the woman he had been chatting with intimately. They had exchanged pictures over the months and the picture he got today was the way he was expecting to see her. They had plans to meet at a motel. He was high with expectations when he arrived there and was told she was already there. His expectations continued to soar when he opened the door and saw the atmosphere was set for their encounter.

Things quickly change when he noticed the body in the red dress on the bed with a bag over the face and the hands tied. Now his regrets really start. If only he would have quit earlier. Everything will become public now. But those bad decisions put him in this place and he continues to make bad decisions. He comes up with a plan to dispose of the body - he did not murder the lady after all. Once this is done and things are cleaned up, he can return to his normal life.

The story does not end here because somebody saw what he did and they had pictures. They contacted him and threatened to expose him if he did not cooperate. Now he not only had to deal with his guilt but he also had to deal with fear – what would happen to him and what would happen to his family? Again it came down to choices – either he would do what they asked of him -or- they would release the pictures to the public and he would go to jail. What choice would he make?
Rather than go on with the story, I think I will stop here. There are so many twists I think you would enjoy it best by reading it for yourself.


JenningsJunk said...

You did it to me again!! You've posted a great review and now I want to read it and I have 4 books I need read first. To the my "wanna" read list this one goes.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Wow--this sounds GOOD!! When will I have the time for all these good books??? :)