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This review is from: Bad Twin (Hardcover)
Lately, private detective Paul Artisan has been handling routine cases such as insurance fraud and medical malpractice. Artisan is surprised when Clifford Widmore hires him to find his missing twin brother, Zander - Widmore is from a wealth family and can certainly afford to hire a big firm to find Zander. But Widmore insists that Paul is the perfect guy for the job - a big firm would bring publicity, which is the last thing the Widmore family wants. Paul has doubts that he can do the job, Zander could be anywhere in the world, but he accepts the challenge. Little does he know that in trying to find Zander, Paul will find himself.
Although this book is connected to the TV show "Lost" (the "author" Gary Troup was a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815), you don't need to be a fan of the show to read "Bad Twin" nor do you need to read it for clues to the show if you are a fan but reluctant to buy this book. There's a few loose references to "Lost": the book is dedicated to Cindy who later was captured by the "Others"; the Hanso Foundation is mentioned; as is John Locke, the numbers, and Oceanic Airlines, but none of the mysteries on the TV show are solved.
"The Bad Twin" is an okay mystery. Much of the book is a cliché starting with Paul's friendship with the literary quoting professor Manny Weissman (although their sharing the elderly dog Argos is a cute touch). The wring is awkward; the author repeatedly refers to "the detective" rather than calling him Paul or Artisan. Much of the book is from Paul's viewpoint until the very end when it inexplicably changes to the viewpoint of another character. The plot does keep the reader turning pages but ultimately relies too much on coincidences: Paul just happens to be on the phone with someone as they are being murdered and later just happens to be in the right place to stop someone else from being murdered. And Paul must be quite a looker; virtually every woman in the book wants to have sex with him.
Fans of "Lost" may enjoy reading this book for the few references to the show, but it's okay to skip reading it and watch reruns of the show instead.