A Great Literary Mystery: “The Secret History of Las Vegas” By Chris Abani

We just finished reading an amazing literary work titled The Secret History of Las Vegas by Northwestern University professor Chris Abani: The Secret History of Las Vegas. You should not miss this one especially if you like beautiful writing and great character development.

A Brief Summary:

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders. When he encounters a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood near their car, he’s sure he has apprehended the killers, and enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths.

As Sunil tries to crack the twins, the implications of his research grow darker. Haunted by his betrayal of loved ones back home during apartheid, he seeks solace in the love of Asia, a prostitute with hopes of escaping that life. But Sunil’s own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

Our Take:

Chris Abani proves he can be one of the definitive forces in the literary mystery genre…

This book is sort of a departure from the other books that the author has written in the past with a high focus on mystery and suspense but there is much more to this book than the mystery part: He masterfully combines various themes and story-lines to shape this novel: The mind of the serial killer, atomic testing by a lab, the history of apartheid, and the emotional life of twin brother characters.  All these themes intertwine in your mind as you immerse yourself into the characters world.

This is a must read. You should definitely check it out!

Our Rating: 5.0

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