DEAD ON DEMAND by Daniel Campbell, Sean Campbell

dead on demandEdwin Murphy is a career man.  Brokerage?  I forget.  But anyway, he first loses his wife for working too much, who takes their little girl with her, and now wants to move to the States.   Next, he loses his job, downsized, as it were.

Daniel comes up with the nifty idea that killing his wife would get him the insurance money and his little girl back.  Sure, why not?  What could go wrong?

Oh, yeah, well, lots could go wrong, with all roads leading to Edwin as the murderer, so he goes to the darknet to find a paid assassin.  Then he gets an even better idea:  he will offer to off somebody for someone in exchange for that someone offing his ex for him.  Shades of Throw Mamma From the Train.  All I could picture was Danny Devito as Edwin.   So, nifty idea of his, no?  What could go wrong?

But here’s where I start crabbing.  It got awfully complicated.  Several points of view, and I got lost following who did what to whom. [Are ya lovin’ the correct grammar?]  It ended weird and I don’t know why or exactly how we got there.  I could read it again and pay closer attention.  But nah.  It wasn’t that great of a story, nor that original, so I think I’ll trundle on down the road and read something new.  It was written by two people, and maybe therein lies the confusion.  It didn’t have a strong central voice, and I felt it should have been longer to better maneuver us through the twists, not to mention the turns, of the plot.

Oh, and in case you are not familiar with the darknet  — and frankly, it would scare me to think you were — the darknet is a private network where connections are made only between trusted peers — sometimes called “friends” (F2F)— using non-standard protocols and ports. The collection of all darknets forms a subsection of the Deep Web known as the Dark Web, though there is some ambiguity in the common use of this term.  Now don’t let me catch you wading around in its depths.

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