Thursday, August 23, 2012
Review of The Science of Paul by Aaron Philip Clark (New Pulp Press, 2010)
The Science of Paul is a thoughtful book with an undercurrent of philosophy concerning urban society and the meaning of life. The main character is complex and multi-layered. He’s seemingly got his life back on track after prison - a nice home and a beautiful, caring girlfriend - yet deep down he knows he doesn’t belong, that he doesn’t deserve this life, that he needs to find a different path, yet he’s not sure what that path is. Clark tells his tale through a well plotted and paced story full of astute observations about American urban societies. And whilst the story is predominately an in-depth character study, it’s also one of murder and crime, with the mystery as to who killed Little’s friend subtly woven into the narrative. Overall, an enjoyable crime novel that ploughs a different furrow to most fiction in the genre to good effect.