Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Laminated Man, by Albert E. Cowdrey

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2015; 7,219 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Cairns retired from the FBI at 60 to pursue one, last, mysterious case--off the books.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Nice mystery, with plenty of suspense. Quite a surprise at the end, but chillingly effective.

Con: It's not clear why they let the poacher go but killed McPhee. And did they kill the real Carins before they made the copy? It's hard to believe the director would be satisfied with the final resolution because Smiley is still using a fake US Passport.

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