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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Ten Things About People and Cars: Part One of 52 Things, a Novel is a humorous detective fiction novel written by Stephen Batt. Who murdered FBI Special Agent Larry Grimes? His best friend and fellow agent, Boris Jacobson, was determined to find out -- whether he was actually assigned to the case or not. The two had been virtually inseparable for the last fifteen years, and if anyone had the knowledge to work the case, Jacobson did. Fortunately, his boss, Mark Black, the Special Agent in Charge for San Diego, had already realized that Jacobson was committed to the task, and he had already set the assignment in motion. Using FBI techniques and his own style of exceptional investigating, Jacobson got to work. He began looking for clues in Grimes’ own files. There were hundreds, even thousands of clues to consider, threads to be pulled to see what comes out. Jacobson became a man obsessed, driven by the need to understand what happened. After a sanity break, he returned to his task with a fresher outlook. Connections. He needed to make the connections that turned all the amassed details and clues into a road map. And that is what he began to do.
Ten Things About People and Cars sets out ten of the vital connections FBI Agent Jacobson susses out as a result of his investigation, each one, in this case, concerning cars. I’ve no doubt that anyone who’s ever perused a car magazine, or chortled at the antics of the Top Gear (now Grand Tour) crew will enjoy each and every one of these tales as much as I did. The cars highlighted and the trivia surrounding them are fabulous, even the one dubbed “the worst car in the world” -- and yes, fans and detractors alike of Jeremy Clarkson will actually hear him make this droll pronouncement as they read it. The connections between each story are sly, thought-provoking and often quite funny, and each story is told in a smooth and conversational style. I’m looking forward to the next installment of Agent Jacobson’s connections. Ten Things About People and Cars: Part One of 52 Things, a Novel is most highly recommended.