An interesting plot that introduces an Interpol Investigator trying to locate the killer of an esteemed mathematician, whose elegant discoveries raise..Show More » many questions. For a 'new' writer, this is a not bad start to a series. The Publishers summary is a bit overstated. This is not Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell or John Le Carre. Leave it at 'European in style' perhaps. Grover Gardner reads well,as usual. It considers the exploitation of people by capitalists, end of days fervour, greed, the effects of war, jusice and law, and a question. If there is an elegant design, does that imply a designer? If you do enjoy mysteries, look at fractals and wonder and are willing to try a new author, you could well enjoy this one. I expect the stories will get better as the series progresses..
I confess I can't review this book in isolation. My reaction to it is colored by Rosen's first book which I so thoroughly enjoyed. What I found so int..Show More »eresting by "All Cry Chaos" was it's interweaving of two genres (mystery and chaos theory). This brilliant combining of mystery and science is missing here and is probably the cause of my disappointment.
In truth, The Tenth Witness is probably an ok book in its own right: the predictable story of Nazi war crimes and their lingering legacy. Indeed, the historical aspect presented here was one part of the book I did enjoy. However, for the first few chapters I was totally lost. The only connection to Cry Chaos was Henri himself but as an almost altogether different character. Perhaps I missed it but I can recall nothing in the first book that refers to his start as an engineer.
The characters are new and the storyline so disconnected from All Cry Chaos I struggled to find a context. I think Rosen would have been better served to continue from where his first book left off so as to further ground Henri's character and include references and hints to his past before Interpol. Then a journey into the past could be more smoothly accomplished.
However, if you can come to this book afresh, without the burden of high expectations placed by the first, or better, without listening to the first, you may find this an enjoyable ride.