On, Off

On, Off

Book - 2006
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A searing scientific murder mystery packed with heartpounding twists.

It is 1965, and in Holloman, Connecticut, someone is preying on the innocent. At a prestigious research centre for the neurosciences, fondly known by its staff as "the Hug," parts of a mutilated body are discovered. Very soon Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico of the Holloman Police learns that a string of horrifying murders, each fitting the same modus operandi as the body found at the Hug, has been occurring throughout the state. Then another body is found and the medical staff become prime suspects...

With the Center's hierarchies of power in turmoil and every member of its staff hiding something, Delmonico delves into the lives and pasts of each and every employee. It is the case of his career, and he is determined to solve it. But how do you find a monster who leaves no clues and is always two steps ahead?"

Colleen McCullough artfully maintains the suspense and holds back the truth until the last page, where she presents the reader with one final terrifying and unexpected twist.

On, Off is a classic murder mystery, written with all the flair and skill that have made Colleen McCullough one of the most popular novelists of her time.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, 2006.
ISBN: 9781476767581
Branch Call Number: MCC
Characteristics: 372 p.


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Jan 05, 2016

A good mystery set in a well define setting and time. The story is not well told and has some glaring faults that make it not quite believable. Dorothy L. Sayers would have made a much better job of it.

Jun 30, 2012

A very interesting story but I found the narrative a little uneven. The dialogue was stilted in spots and the substory of the detective's love interest did not ring true for me. This did not stop me from reading the book to the very end to find out what happened. McCullough kept me wondering who did it until close to the end, so she did a good job. The twist at the end was interesting.

LaimaA Apr 15, 2012

This is a surprising departure from the type of novel Colleen McCullough usually writes. It was a thoroughly engaging detective mystery. I liked that the novel was set in the 1960s - it's sort of boring to read mysteries with contemporary settings where most of the detective work is done on the internet. I loved all the distinct and fully fleshed-out characters. And I particularly love Carmine and Desdemona. I could read about these two characters all the time.

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