I probably don’t have to tell you that there’s nothing easy about writing a solid, engaging thriller. Making your debut a stunning one is something very few authors have managed to achieve. With Project Moses, Robert B. Lowe tells the fairly conventional story of Enzo Lee, a journalist who has to go out of his comfort zone and investigate the death of a local judge.
While at first it may appear that his life is going great, in the midst of his research he quickly finds what he lacked… excitement and love in the person of the victim’s niece, Sarah Armstrong. Then, it turns out that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. He soon find themselves sleuthing out the details of a biotech scandal while trying to avoid the retribution of those responsible for it.
Even if Project Moses doesn’t revolutionize the genre, the author is extremely conscious of what is it that constitutes a good thriller and he knows how to make all the elements play out interestingly. The characters are likable enough...and not just the main ones. (Wait until you meet Lee’s neurotic editor or the sympathetic police officer.) But yhe real driving force of the novel is all of the twists and turns of the plot.
While he cites many great mystery novel writers as influences - Grisham, LeCarre and Francis among them - Robert B. Lowe has actually won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting. No wonder it all seems so real! Of course Lowe has a very solid background and there’s much good to say about his prose, but there are also some areas worthy of critique. Some of the characters could have been better developed. But overall it’s a real page-turner for those who are into thrillers - or those who are simply in a mood for solving a fascinating mystery.
- Anne, OpenBooks.com