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Mystery
  • Author:
    Clyde Lynwood Sawyer
  • ISBN:
    0966107276
  • ISBN13:
    978-0966107272
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    Avocet Pr Inc; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Pages:
    352 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
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    1576 kb
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    1194 kb
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    1168 kb
  • Rating:
    4.6
  • Votes:
    754
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An Uncertain Currency. I loved Uncertain Currency. I was exteremly well-written and held my attention at all times. I couldn't wait to see what would happen. Select Format: Paperback. Great characters, great story. Teen and Young Adult.

ISBN-10 : PB 661072-7-6 ISBN-13 : PB 978-661072-7-2. Publisher's Write-Up. Our main character is Mario Castigliani, an erratically gifted psychic who arrives in small town America, where he is asked by the local lawman to lend his talent to a series of suicides.

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This book written by two authors is quite interesting; you will follow Mario both in his past and present.

A psychic mind reader finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery in the south of USA. As he arrives to the small town the police approaches him and asks for help regarding a suspicious suicide. It will not take long until Mario Castigliani will find himself onto something bigger than just a suicide. This book written by two authors is quite interesting; you will follow Mario both in his past and present.

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Nevertheless, authors Witlin and Sawyer have combined these disparate elements to craft a compelling tale, abetted by a fine and fiercely drawn cast of characters. Mario Castigliani, an aging European aristocrat and widower, has a genuine psychic gift that he has lovingly named la Lucia. But he has abused his power to the extent he can no longer count on it to earn his living.

"Murder mysteries, clairvoyants and Southern mill towns are not subjects that immediately pique my interest. Nevertheless, authors Witlin and Sawyer have combined these disparate elements to craft a compelling tale, abetted by a fine and fiercely drawn cast of characters. Mario Castigliani, an aging European aristocrat and widower, has a genuine psychic gift that he has lovingly named la Lucia. But he has abused his power to the extent he can no longer count on it to earn his living. On a tour of ill-paying one-night stands, in the dog days of August, he is stranded in a Georgia mill town . A series of strange suicides has drawn the attention of the town's young police chief, the rawboned Beau Tyler. He asks Mario to help with the investigation. As their relationship grows, the reader wonders if the pair are really investigating a series of murders or if they are playing an obscure psychological game."

Hugifyn
Imagine that Cesar Romero has psychic powers and that he, instead of Virgil Tibbs/Sidney Poitier, has been asked to help a Southern police department solve a murder case. Mario Castigliani is the handsome but nearly broke clairvoyant who has brought his mind reading act to Floraville, Georgia. Beaufort Tyler the personable young police chief enlists his aid to look into the apparent suicide of a local civil rights pioneer and union activist who seems to have hung himself. "Seems to" because his death could be linked to labor unrest at the powerful town mill, to the recent release from prison of a rabid racist, even to the similar hanging death of the prior chief of police.
The mystery though is simply the point of departure for a richly textured fish-out-of-water story, as Castigliani brings his cosmopolitan, continental sensibilities and his psychic gift to bear on this sleepy Southern burgh. The book is at it's best when he's interacting with the locals and attempting to understand their lives, an understanding made easier by his ability to read their thoughts. Less effective are the continuing flashbacks to his earlier life in Italy and on the stage. This all could be better handled in one longer passage early on, which would help the narrative flow of the novel.
At any rate, Mario Castigliani and Beau Tyler make an agreeable, if unlikely, team and the authors populate the town with plenty of interesting characters, some comic, others tragic. They also make it easy to suspend disbelief about Mario's paranormal powers, mostly treating him as hypersensitive to the thoughts of others, rather than having him resort to all kinds of mental pyrotechnics. Likewise, they show the many mundane tricks he uses to beguile his audience, which makes for one of the most absorbing sections of the book. By not pushing the psychic angle too hard, they keep the focus on the characters and deliver a murder mystery with a crafty twist.
GRADE : B
Inabel
When Mario was 12 the Sight (la Lucia) first came to him at an archaeological dig near his home in Perugia, Italy & his childhood was changed, even his path in life.
Now, he is an Internationally Acclaimed Psychic & an aging, lonely Seer in a frayed silk suit, washed up in a sleepy Southern town where he is about to perform for the locals. The night he arrives one of the town's best beloved & larger-than-life characters is found dangling from a rope in his home, his Bible open at the page on which could be construed his suicide note.
Floraville's young police chief, borne of the warring farmlands & mill owners, an ex-mill worker himself, has nothing to lose & everything to gain when he hires on Mario to assist in solving what he knows & can't yet prove, to be a murder.
I thoroughly enjoyed the insights la Lucia offers Mario, like some puckish imp whispering in his ear all the silent comments unwary people think while their mouths utter utterly different words! & then Mario curses la Lucia & away she goes & he's left depending on his own wits.
An Uncertain Currency is a rare feast of memories, depravity, humor & redemption. Great gift material for those who love a thoughtful mystery with a twist! For my full review & eInterview with Clyde Lynwood Sawyer, do check out: [my website].
Jorad
Mario Castigiani is a internationally accredited Psychic. He is called into action to help find a murderer.
Beafort Tyler, the police chief of Floraville, Georgia calls upon Mario to help him prove that an old black man named Roy Washington (who was a local celebrity from the civil rights days) was murdered and not a suicide as the coroner thinks. Roy was found hanging in his kitchen. Does Roy's death have any thing to do with the hanging of Chief Tyler's predecessor, Chief Rutherford Kendall? He was also found hanging, but police officers usually use their weapons.
AN UNCERTAIN CURRENCY is exquisitely written, with really entertaining and amiable characters, and a plot that will hold you enraptured all the way to theclimatic ending.
AN UNCERTAIN CURRENCY has everything that an immense book should have, homicide, mystery, affection, eroticism, psychological tension, and racial discrimination all rolled into a nice tight mix.
Trex
One summer when I was staying with friends in Milan, a somewhat preposterous argument broke out, after a few too many Splugens on the balcony, over whether Milan's Duomo was a "technical tour de force" or a "lyrical masterpiece." After numerous noise complaints from the neighbors, and several threats of overt violence, we decided in solidarity that the Duomo was both a lyrical masterpiece and a technical tour de force. Then the cops showed up. An Uncertain Currency, the new mystery thriller by Clyde Lynwood Sawyer, Jr. and Frances Witlin, integrates much of the same lyrical eloquence and technical mastery that would seem to characterize the infamous Duomo. Not only is this a novel of captivating intrigue but, almost as importantly, not once, at any time or at any place, do any of the characters utter the phrase "Who knew?" The cops call on Mario Castigliani, a down-and-out Italian clairvoyant performing artist, to help solve a murder in a small town in Georgia. If you love a good mystery, you must get your hands on this book. I loved it, even without drinking a bunch of Splugens before I read it.