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- Publisher: robertwalkerbooks.com; 1 edition (April 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003I851PU
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Double Edge (The Edge Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The story was flawed, however, by the author's not doing his homework. He has Stonecoat working out of the "31st precinct," going to the "precinct house," and being cognizant of a "precinct-specific" task force. "Precinct" is probably mentioned more than a dozen times. But HPD does not work out of precincts; it works out of units called divisions that may be subdivided into two or more districts. Stonecoat has a computer whiz surreptitiously "lift" autopsy reports on the murdered black youngsters from the Medical Examiner's files, noting the dire consequences if found out. In reality, even civilians can pay a fee and obtain autopsy reports from the Harris County Medical Examiner's office; Stonecoat should have been able to do the same without having to resort to employing a hacker. The hacked autopsy reports noted that the murdered youngsters had their left nipples cut off "in the area of the heart," the medical examiner's pathologists apparently believing that the heart is located on the left side of the chest. After finding building supplies pilfered from construction sites in the basement of a suspect's house, Stonecoat notes that even if they can't get him for murder they can definitely get him for robbery. That particular offense wasn't "robbery"; it was "theft." And finally, Stonecoat alludes to the "Nez Perce prophet Smohalla"; although Smohalla had Nez Perce adherents, Smohalla himself was Wanapum, not Nez Perce.
The author also gets his locations mixed up and dubiously described: He has a hangout for bad guys called the Holdout located "within the black ghetto of Bellaire," the location later shifting to "the business district of the Jacinto area." The suburb of Bellaire isn't a black ghetto and doesn't contain a black ghetto. The only sense I could make of "the Jacinto area" is that it may be a reference to the little suburb of Jacinto City, located on the opposite side of Houston from Bellaire.
No matter how good the writing, things like this just spoil the read.